Michael Creed Maxey (born c. 1951) is the 11th President of Roanoke College.

Michael C. Maxey
11th President of Roanoke College
Assumed office
Preceded bySabine O'Hara
Personal details
Michael Creed Maxey

(1951-12-07) December 7, 1951 (age 68)
Bassett, Virginia
Spouse(s)Terri Maxey
ResidenceSalem, Virginia
Alma materWake Forest University (BA, MA)
ProfessionAcademic administrator

Michael C. Maxey became Roanoke's eleventh president on July 1, 2007; he was unanimously elected by the board of trustees having served as Roanoke's vice president for college relations and dean of admissions and financial aid from 1992 until his selection as president. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wake Forest University.

Maxey has provided dynamic leadership highlighted by Roanoke's current campaign plan – "Roanoke Rising" – that seeks to raise $200 million to finance facilities, endowment, and special projects; the college had already secured $130 million before the campaign was publicly launched on April 13, 2013. The primary objectives of the campaign are a new athletics center and an expanded science complex. Roanoke is completing its strategic plan as well; the student body now numbers over 2,000 students, several buildings have been renovated including Roanoke's first LEED certified building (Lucas Hall on the Turbyfill Quadrangle), and a new residence hall constructed, the fifth since 2005. The residence hall is Roanoke's second LEED certified building (New Hall on the "Athletic" Quadrangle).

Mr. Maxey's most recent large project was the $35 million Cregger Center, opened in 2016.

President Maxey is well known for his wearing of bow-ties.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Maxey is a native of Bassett, Virginia. He lives with his wife, Terri, in a residence adjacent to the Roanoke campus. President and Mrs. Maxey have grown children.[2] President Maxey is known around campus to wear only bowties. He was listed first in the Chronicle of Higher Education for being a notable academic administrator who wears a bowtie.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Neckwear Ties Presidents to Universities". The Chronicle of Higher Education. 14 March 2010.
  2. ^ https://www.roanoke.edu/about/administration/president_maxeys_biographyl#more
  3. ^ "Presidents Who Wear Bow Ties – Tweed - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education". www.chronicle.com.

External linksEdit

  • [1] official website
Academic offices
Preceded by
Sabine U. O'Hara
President of Roanoke College
Succeeded by