About President Coppola
Dr. David Coppola became the tenth president and nineteenth leader of Keystone College on June 1, 2013. He came to Keystone with more than 25 years of experience at the secondary and post-secondary levels.
Dr. Coppola obtained a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Seton Hall University, with a concentration and teaching certification in English and Music. He also earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Sacred Theology from St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Administration from Fordham University.
Prior to Keystone, Dr. Coppola held positions at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, where he played an integral role in helping the university grow from a commuter institution of about 600 students granting associate’s and bachelor’s degrees to an institution currently serving 6,200 total students and with a residential student population of 3,200. Sacred Heart now grants bachelor’s, master’s, and select professional doctoral degrees.
At Sacred Heart, Dr. Coppola engaged in developing and implementing the university’s strategic plans, master space planning, accreditation, asset and property acquisition, and capital projects and renovations. He played key roles in fundraising, directed oversight of campus operations, and was responsible for managing $24 million of the university’s budget. One of his most significant accomplishments was the development and implementation of a series of five-year strategic plans aimed at incrementally developing and growing the university.
Beginning his career as a teacher at Morris Catholic High School in New Jersey, Dr. Coppola then transitioned to DePaul Diocesan High School in Wayne, N.J., where he served as an administrator for ten years. After completing his doctoral studies in educational administration at Fordham University, he made the transition to higher education, joining Sacred Heart University as Director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding (CCJU). His success in that post led to his appointment as Executive Assistant to the President, a cabinet-level position. He began significant work in strategic planning and served on essential committees that played a role in the growth of the institution. These experiences prepared him for his role as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Administration, where he served as a member of the president’s senior leaders group and budget development committee.