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McDaniel president to chair board of national organization

McDaniel College’s President Roger N. Casey was elected as the chair of the Board of Directors for NAICU, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He is pictured at the college's 149th commencement in 2019.
McDaniel College’s President Roger N. Casey was elected as the chair of the Board of Directors for NAICU, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He is pictured at the college's 149th commencement in 2019. (Brian Krista / Carroll County Times)

McDaniel College President Roger N. Casey was elected as chair of the Board of Directors for an organization made up of more than 1,000 independent higher education institutions.

Casey will serve as the board chair of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities for one year.

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“Roger Casey brings significant experience to the role of NAICU board chair and possesses a keen understanding of the political environment in Washington,” said NAICU President Barbara K. Mistick, D.M. in a news release.

“These are challenging times for colleges and universities. Presidents are feeling pressures from many different sides. The landscape in Washington, with reauthorization of the Higher Education Act on the agenda in Congress and frequent shifting in the regulatory environment, adds to the tumult,” said Casey in the release. “I am humbled by this election and look forward to working with a strong board and the NAICU team to help our member presidents succeed in this evolving environment and serve the needs of our talented students.”

Casey has served as the ninth president of McDaniel since 2010 and is one of the longest-serving independent college presidents in the State of Maryland.

According to the release, “Under his leadership, McDaniel received the largest scholarship bequest in the college’s history, which funds the Dorsey Scholars program. He also successfully led the “Enduring Commitment,” a $50 million fundraising effort in celebration of the college’s 150th anniversary.”

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, president of Hood College in Frederick, was elected to a three-year term to represent Region II, which includes Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York.

“With more than 1,000 colleges, universities, and associations as members, NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education and reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States,” according to a news release.

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