DePauw inaugurates 19th president

Friday, October 10, 2008

DePauw University's 19th president, Brian Casey, was inaugurated Friday afternoon in Holton Memorial Quadrangle. The weeklong celebration culminated Friday in the official inauguration, followed by fireworks and a sold-out concert by the alternative rock band Third Eye Blind.

Casey was hired in February after a nine-month international search for a leader.

The new president is an avid reader, listens to jazz and has a strong interest in American History. In fact he has a book being published next year. For fun he swims. Casey was the captain of the swimming team at Notre Dame during his undergraduate years and was named the university's "Scholar-Athlete of the year" in 1985.

While at Notre Dame he also earned the Economics Award for achieving the highest grade point average in that subject. He graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to earn his J.D. from Stanford University Law School, graduating with honors. He earned his PhD in the history of American civilization from Harvard University.

Prior to taking the position of President at DePauw, he was associate dean for academic affairs in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard.

Casey succeeds Robert G. Bottoms, the longest serving president in DePauw history. Bottoms, who led the university since 1986 stepped down at the end of 2007-2008 academic year to become Chancellor of the University and director of the new Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics

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  • vlcrod, I couldn't of said it better! Welcome Mr. Casey.

    -- Posted by ThinkPeopleThink on Sat, Oct 11, 2008, at 9:16 AM
  • Just a thought, if you are trying to reach out to the community and make relations better with the town why were we excluded from enjoying the Third Eye Blind concert. Is this how it is going to be under the new leadership, exclude Greencastle from events on campus because you don't want us to mix with the students unless it is when you want our help or free tax breaks.

    -- Posted by HelloMcFly on Sat, Oct 11, 2008, at 2:54 PM
  • As community - you were not 'excluded' - there were limited tickets available and these were snatched up by the students w/i two hours of being released per The DePauw newspaper.... there were several students who did not get a ticket.

    I enjoyed the fire works too! Thanks DePauw! And, welcome Dr. Casey!

    -- Posted by BGreader on Sat, Oct 11, 2008, at 3:11 PM
  • You can't have everything. This was a special event for the DePauw students. They have worked hard to get into that school. Get over yourself.

    -- Posted by aen2012 on Sun, Oct 12, 2008, at 9:53 PM
  • To me it seems the students are "contained" on campus. You rarely see any students in Greencastle except for Wal-mart.

    -- Posted by Harmony Church on Mon, Oct 13, 2008, at 4:28 PM
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