David L. Coppola, Ph.D., will conclude five years of distinguished service at Keystone College on July 6. 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.
As Keystone’s 10th president and 19th 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.