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In June 2021, Dr. Julia Jasken was unanimously named president of McDaniel College, becoming only the second woman to hold the top position in the school’s 154 year history.

She first joined the Westminster-based school in 2003 as an English professor. Throughout her nearly two decades at the university, she has held various leadership positions, ranging from associate provost, dean of the faculty and executive vice president and provost.

In August 2021, The Daily Record asked Jasken why she had stayed at McDaniel for her entire professional career. “McDaniel is truly a place that changes lives and I have, especially, been drawn to the sense of community that radiates throughout our campus,” she said. “I’ve both witnessed and benefited from the college’s collaborative spirit and I look forward to having the opportunity to build and expand upon many of the initiatives that I have helped establish at McDaniel. My husband and I also chose to raise our family in Westminster and have enjoyed the connections that we have made in the community.”

Jasken holds a doctorate in philosophy in rhetoric and technical communication from Michigan Technological University as well as a master’s degree in rhetoric and women’s studies from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from College of Saint Benedict.