With the theme, “Changing Lives for a Changing World,” McDaniel College will install its ninth president, Roger N. Casey, in an inauguration ceremony at 2:30 p.m. April 16 in Gill Learning Center. An all-campus reception will follow on the lawn in front of Gill.
National and local dignitaries, including state Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer ’67, Westminster City Mayor Kevin R. Utz, Phi Beta Kappa Society Secretary John Churchill and McDaniel College Alumni Association President-elect Sally F. Stanfield ’78, will deliver remarks during the ceremony. Special remarks from faculty will come from college librarian Jane F. Sharpe, Lazlo Frenyo, dean at McDaniel Budapest, and Richard Carpenter, professor of Exercise Science and Physical Education.
“The theme rises from President Casey’s desire to celebrate contributions of McDaniel students, faculty and alumni – locally and globally – and how they have been changing and helping change lives over the years,” said Mohamed Esa, professor of German and chair of the Department of Foreign Languages.
President Casey has declared the week starting April 9 as Inauguration Week and a time to celebrate McDaniel’s mission and meaningful contributions of our students, faculty, staff and alumni to take charge of their lives and engage locally, nationally and globally for the common good.
Highlights of the week include a “Day of Community Service,” which kicks off the week at 9 a.m. April 9; a gala Inauguration Concert at 7 p.m. April 10 in Baker Memorial Chapel; and “American Education in the 21st Century: Achievement, Accountability and Apprehension,” a discussion forum including national and local education experts at 7:30 p.m. April 12 in Decker Center Forum.
“Part of this whole process is to bring together lots of people into the academic community, both off and on campus,” said James Lightner, college historian and chair of the Inauguration. “It enables us to think about ourselves, to celebrate ourselves and to share our enthusiasm with the larger community around us.”