McDaniel College appoints Dr. Julia Jasken as 10th president


Dr. Julia Jasken has been selected by the McDaniel College Board of Trustees as the college’s 10th president, effective June 1, 2021. Jasken will be only the second woman president in the college’s history. Jasken, who began at McDaniel in 2003, will succeed Dr. Roger N. Casey, who announced his plan to retire at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year after serving over a decade as McDaniel’s president.

The McDaniel College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Jasken as president during a special meeting following the endorsement of the Presidential Search Committee. The committee, which was chaired by Bruce H. Preston, a 1975 alumnus and member of the board since 1995, was formed in October and consisted of six other trustees, three elected faculty members, one staff representative, one alumni representative and one student representative. The committee, with the assistance of the search firm TBC Consulting, held focus group meetings and solicited survey responses from college constituents and leaders in the Westminster community to develop the presidential search profile.

Jasken has dedicated nearly her entire professional life to higher education and most notably to McDaniel, beginning in the classroom in 2003 as an English professor specializing in new media pedagogy and teaching a variety of professional writing courses. For the past eight years, she has assumed increasing responsibility in administrative positions, most recently serving in her current role as the college’s executive vice president and provost, overseeing the newly integrated academic and student life divisions. Her expertise spans academic and campus life restructuring, student success initiatives, adjunct faculty union contract negotiations, and building and supporting a culture of safety and compliance.

A champion of both the liberal arts and McDaniel’s student-centered mission, she has overseen many of the college’s most important strategic initiatives that created opportunity for McDaniel’s past two years of record enrollments.

With Jasken at the academic helm, McDaniel launched 10 new career-oriented majors and charted professional pathways for students through agreements with graduate schools and community colleges as well as McDaniel’s own five-year bachelor’s-to-master’s programs.

To learn more, visit the McDaniel College website.

Source: McDaniel College