President Maxey's Biography

President Mike Maxey

Michael Creed Maxey

As Roanoke College's 11th president, Michael C. Maxey focuses on student learning and success, the campus quality of life and accelerating Roanoke's dramatic progress. He also is committed to a close relationship between the College, its students and the local community for the betterment of all. 

Maxey was elected as the 11th president by a unanimous Board of Trustees vote in 2007 after a 22-year career at the College. In his previous work for Roanoke he served in many capacities and in multiple areas. When asked of what he is most proud of at Roanoke, Maxey says "Roanoke always offered a high quality educational experience but people at Roanoke are willing to dream about and act on improving what happens for students here. It has been satisfying and delightful to work for a place that never rests on its laurels, but strives to achieve new heights for what can happen for students here.  I am especially proud of the unique approach Roanoke has for liberal learning, its rigorous majors, and the personal interest our faculty and staff take in student success."

Maxey is a strong advocate for liberal arts colleges, contending that the skills learned through the intellectual and leadership opportunities there serve our democracy by preparing outstanding citizens. 

On the national level, Maxey is active with numerous educational organizations. He serves on the executive committees of the Lutheran Educational Consortium of North America and the Council of Presidents of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  He is a member of several other professional organizations. Maxey chairs the President's Committee of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and is a member of Executive Committee of the Council of Independent Colleges of Virginia.  

At the local level, Maxey serves as the chair of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Roanoke Valley where he has been on the board since 2007. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Business Council and on the board for the Roanoke Star Soccer Club.  He was named Citizen of the Year by the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce in 2007 and has twice been named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Salem Rotary Club. Maxey is a member of College Lutheran Church in Salem.  

He is a native of Bassett, Virginia. His higher education began at Wake Forest University where he earned a bachelor of arts in history and master's degree in counselor education.  Later, he earned a certificate of advanced graduate study in counselor education at the University of New Hampshire. Maxey also attended the Institute of Education Management at Harvard University. Maxey has an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. He is a student of history, counseling and conflict resolution. 

He and his wife, Terri, have three sons: Michael, Stuart and Jack. Terri Maxey, who has worked in admissions and financial aid at four colleges including Roanoke, shares the passion for Roanoke College and is dedicated to serving the students, faculty, staff and alumni through her active work at Roanoke. 

Maxey began his presidency by declaring "I believe in Roanoke College" in an address to faculty and staff. As president, he expresses that belief through his leadership and vision for Roanoke. He is often found on campus speaking with students, faculty and staff. Those meetings sustain his belief in what Roanoke College does to benefit students and society.  

Updated December 2013