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David L. Coppola, Ph.D. to Conclude Five Years of Distinguished Service

David L. Coppola, Ph.D., will conclude five years of distinguished service at Keystone College on July 6, 2018. In an email sent to the College community, he said, “The numerous challenges, accomplishments, and joys that we have shared together are remarkable and assure that the College will continue to thrive. . . . And I am a better person because of such connections and efforts, for which I will always be grateful.”

Dr. Coppola holds a doctorate in Philosophy of Educational Administration from Fordham University and previously held executive leadership positions at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Conn., where he and his family will return. Dr. Coppola is married to Delia Powers-Coppola and they have two sons, Aidan (12) and Thomas (10).

As Keystone’s tenth president and nineteenth leader in its 150-year history, Dr. Coppola emphasized college affordability, student academic success, and college-community collaborations. Under his tenure, tuition and fees have remained below $25,000 and all costs for books and educational resources are included, offering substantial savings for students and their families. Additionally, to help students pay for the modest debt they may accumulate, the College inaugurated the Keystone Commitment, a Loan Assistance Repayment Program (LRAP), and has significantly grown its endowed scholarships to provide additional financial assistance for students.

Dr. Coppola continued Keystone’s legacy of academic excellence by institutionalizing its unique “Stairs to Success,” a four-year developmental educational process customized for undergraduates, the initiation of four master’s degrees, including an MBA, three living-learning communities, and plans for an improved Library and a Center for teaching-learning excellence.

Additionally, to broaden the choices for students, several athletic sports have been added the last few years including lacrosse, wrestling, women’s golf, and football, as well as the completion of a new athletic track and synthetic field in 2014. A Performance Music Department was also established and through its unique College-community collaboration approach draws more than 150 members in the choruses and bands. This same philosophy of inclusion inspires Keystone’s students to volunteer more than 26,000 hours of community service a year and has allowed for the College to receive more than $7 million in state grants to promote private/public partnerships in projects that benefit the college and community.

“I am honored to have served Keystone College as its tenth President, and I will leave in six months with confidence that this dedicated and caring community will thrive for decades to come,” Coppola said, in the email announcing his move.

The Board of Trustees, led by Chair, Robert Swartley, will conduct a national search with the assistance of RPA, Inc., an executive recruitment firm from Williamsport, Pa., for Keystone’s next president. Plans call for a new president to be named by the summer of  2018.

We are grateful to have worked with Dr. Coppola these past five years. His outstanding leadership positions Keystone for continued success,” Swartley said. “We wish him and his family the best of luck in their future endeavors. The entire board is totally committed to hiring a president who will continue the excitement and momentum that is present at Keystone today, thanks to David.”

Keystone offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate degree options in liberal arts and science-based programs in business, communications, education, fine arts, natural science, environmental resource management, geology, and social sciences. Located 15 minutes from Scranton, Pa. and two hours from New York City and Philadelphia, Keystone is known for small class sizes and individual attention focused on student success through internships, research, and community involvement.

Keystone College President Presents Paper in Rome and Has Audience with Pope Francis

Keystone College President David L. Coppola, Ph.D., recently presented a paper on the plight of immigrants and displaced persons during an international conference in Rome.

Dr. Coppola presented to a group of about 70 college and university presidents

Dr. Coppola presented his paper, Setting a Context for Colleges and Universities: The Ethical Responsibility of People of Good Will Towards Migrants and Refugees at the conference, “International Initiatives for Migrant and Refugee Education” held in November at Gregorian University in Rome. The conference served as the first of several initiatives inviting educational institutions to help address and improve the predicament of migrants and refugees around the world.

Dr. Coppola presented to a group of about 70 college and university presidents from around the world and another 90 participants from the United Nations and other NGOs (non-governmental organizations); leaders from Europe, Africa, India, and the Middle East; Vatican officials; and some doctoral students.

Pope Francis warmly welcomed the group and affirmed the important work of colleges and universities to promote research, teach with justice and global responsibility, and be involved in social engagement to “welcome, protect, promote, and integrate migrants and refugees.”

 

“It was a great honor to be asked to present at this important international conference and an even greater honor to be granted a few moments with Pope Francis.” ~ President David L. Coppola

“I told him of the strong commitment of Keystone students who volunteer 26,000 hours a year in the community and of the educational camps Keystone sponsors each summer for the children of migrant workers. He also seemed to be especially pleased that my two young sons liked his book, Dear Pope Francis, his book that answers letters from children around the world.”

 

Prior to becoming Keystone College’s 10th president in 2013, Dr. Coppola held several leadership positions at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Conn., including serving as executive director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding, where he led several international conferences to promote understanding between Jews, Christian, and Muslims, two of which Pope John Paul II personally supported.

Enrolling about 1,400 students, Keystone offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate degree options in liberal arts and science-based programs in business, communications, education, fine arts, natural science, environmental resource management, geology, and social sciences. Located 15 minutes from Scranton, Pa. and two hours from New York City and Philadelphia, Keystone is known for small class sizes and individual attention focused on student success through internships, research, and community involvement.

Keystone celebrates opening new trail

Scranton Times-Tribune

Keystone College reached back into the past to make connections for the future with the grand opening Thursday, August 10, of a 1.5-mile segment of the Trolley Trail.

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College cost within reach, worth expense

The Sunday Times
The true picture concerning college affordability is much brighter than often painted. Yes, paying for a college education is not an easy task, but neither are other major investments such as purchasing a home or a car.

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Angelou made an impact at Keystone

The Times-Leader
Keystone College President David L. Coppola, Ph.D., reflects on the passing of poet, educator, and civil rights leader Maya Angelou and her visit to Keystone Junior College in 1982.

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Coppola speaks of legacy building

Wyoming County Press Examiner
David Coppola has only been Keystone Colleg President for nine months, but told a Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce audience it was never too late – or early – to think about the legacy “we are building and leave behind.”

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Meet the College Presidents: Dr. David Coppola

WVIA-TV
Keystone College President Dr. David Coppola was featured as a guest on WVIA’s “Meet the College Presidents” segment. In an hour-long interview, Dr. Coppola discussed Keystone’s many great attributes and shared his vision for the College’s future.

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New Keystone President Announced

WNEP-TV
Keystone College has a new president: Dr. David Coppola will be the tenth president of the school on the Lackawanna/Wyoming county line.

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Keystone College announces new president

The Scranton Times-Tribune
David Coppola, Ph.D., could have been a Keystone College student. The first in his family to graduate college, he will become Keystone’s 10th president on June 1.

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