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