Julia Jasken
McDaniel College

2 College Hill | Westminster, MD 21157
410-848-7000 | www.mcdaniel.edu

McDaniel College, founded in 1867, is a four-year, independent college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including pre-professional specializations and student-designed majors, and over 20 graduate programs. McDaniel also has a European campus in Budapest, Hungary.

What led you to take on leadership roles at McDaniel College?
When I first stepped foot on campus 16 years ago, I immediately felt a connection to McDaniel’s strong focus on changing lives.

For nearly a decade, I had the pleasure of working with various local nonprofit organizations in my professional writing courses. This gave me firsthand exposure to the power of community engagement. The combined focus on experiential learning and career development led me to establish the College’s Center for Experience and Opportunity and ultimately to become provost.

As provost, I equally enjoy the opportunity to celebrate institutional successes and tackle institutional challenges. It feels fulfilling to support the tireless efforts of our wonderful faculty and staff and to work closely with a group of talented deans to ensure a seamless positive experience for students both inside and outside of the classroom.

What is your definition of success?
Success for me is closely aligned with the unique and important role that each of us plays in helping to fulfill the mission of our organization or business. At McDaniel, this means the extent to which members of the community work together to support an educational experience that challenges students to reach their personal and professional potential.

The development of the College’s signature McDaniel Commitment and the recent addition of ten new majors designed specifically for career-minded students demonstrates that McDaniel embodies what it means to be a “student-ready” college. McDaniel succeeds when our students succeed.

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