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McDaniel College names provost Julia Jasken next president, effective June 1

The Baltimore Sun

December 17, 2020


Julia Jasken started as an English professor at McDaniel College back in 2003, when the school had its first woman president.

After a few promotions, and five years as the college’s vice president and provost, Jasken was named the 10th president of the college in its 153-year history. She starts her new role June 1.

Jasken said she has been in conversations over the last month about what she would offer the college as a president.

“I think that one of the things I had the pleasure to do is work on and lead many of our institution’s initiatives,” she said. “So, for me, I think having such a deep knowledge of the institution is really helpful in the role of the president.”

The McDaniel College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Jasken after a several-month search for a new president. A search committee, with the help of the firm TBC Consulting, recommended Jasken to the board.

“The most important task of our board is selecting the president of the college and I want to express sincere thanks to the members of the Presidential Search Committee, particularly Bruce Preston, for their great service to the college,” Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Otto J. Guenther, a 1963 alumnus and board of trustees chair, said in a release. “We are grateful to the many members of our community who participated in open forums and surveys that allowed us to identify the desired qualities we were seeking—the very qualities, in fact, that make Dr. Jasken so uniquely qualified for her new role. Her accomplishments are impressive and impeccable, and she is truly the best possible choice to lead McDaniel.”