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Keystone College names Dr. David Coppola as tenth president

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Posted: 02/25/2013

La Plume, Pa. – The Keystone College Board of Trustees has announced that Dr. David Coppola will become the tenth president of Keystone College, effective June 1, 2013.

Dr David CoppolaDr. Coppola, who currently serves as Vice President for Strategic Planning and Administration at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Conn., succeeds Dr. Edward G. Boehm, Jr. who announced in August, 2012 that he would step down as Keystone’s president at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year. Dr. Boehm, who has been Keystone’s president since 1995, will continue to serve as President Emeritus.

Thomas “Tim” Speicher ’72, chair of Keystone’s Board of Trustees, said the selection of Dr. Coppola ends a six-month presidential search during which 140 outstanding candidates were considered.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. David Coppola as the tenth president of Keystone College,” Mr. Speicher said. “Dr. Coppola has a highly successful record as an educator and college administrator. In addition to his vast skills and experience, he has exhibited tremendous dedication and commitment to the field of education. He is extremely qualified to lead Keystone in the coming years as we continue to be recognized as one of the leading educational institutions in Northeastern Pennsylvania.”        

“I am deeply honored to be selected as the tenth president of Keystone College,” Dr. Coppola said. “It is a great privilege to follow President Boehm, a man who has demonstrated such remarkable vision and passion for this college. I am positive Keystone will continue in its remarkable journey, and I look forward to working with the entire Keystone community as we strive to build upon our proud past and work toward an even more promising future.” 

Dr. Coppola has been an education professional for more than 25 years at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Since arriving at Sacred Heart in 1998, he has  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 has been engaged in developing and implementing the university’s strategic plans, master space planning, accreditation, asset and property acquisition, and capital projects and renovations. He has played key roles in fundraising, has direct oversight of campus operations, and is 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., serving 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 current role as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Administration, where he serves as a member of the president’s senior leaders group and budget development committee.   

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.

Dr. Coppola grew up in New Jersey where his parents taught him a great deal about public service and volunteering in service to others. He currently lives in Connecticut with his wife, Delia, and their sons, Aidan and Thomas.

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