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President's Welcome

President David McInally

Welcome to Coe College, a national liberal arts college that has provided a superior education since 1851. Coe is widely known for the excellence of its academic programs and residential campus experience, and the college selectively enrolls an accomplished student body from across the United States and around the world.

At Coe, we take a unique approach to providing students with an intensive intellectual challenge within a warm, supportive atmosphere. Every Coe student will develop his or her ability to communicate, solve problems, and work in diverse groups through a combination of small classes, one-on-one relationships with faculty and staff, and undergraduate research. Each student will also become a member of the Coe family for life, and will benefit from an extensive alumni network and career development program long after graduating.

As an active member of the Cedar Rapids community, Coe is one of very few nationally ranked colleges located in the heart of a thriving city. The campus is quiet and beautiful, but students also have easy access - frequently within walking distance - to internships and community activities in one of America's healthiest and safest cities.

We believe that Coe College is the hardest-working and friendliest college campus in the nation. We would love to meet you and talk about Coe in person, so please feel free to visit at any time.

David McInally

The Inauguration of David McInally as the 15th President of Coe College

The Inauguration of David McInally as the 15th President of Coe College took place in Sinclair Auditorium on March 14, 2014.

  • To view a video of the entire ceremony, click here.
  • To view a copy of the Inauguration program, click here.

  • To view a video of Dr. McInally's speech, click here.
  • To read a copy of Dr. McInally's speech, click here.

  • To view a of video the presentation of President McInally by Richard Cook, the President Emeritus of Allegheny College, click here.
  • To read a copy of Dr. Cook's presentation, click here.

  • To view a video of the remarks offered by J. David Carson '72, Chair of the Coe College Board of Trustees, click here.
  • To read a copy of Mr. Carson's remarks, click here.

Biographical sketch of David McInally
President, Coe College

David McInally became the 15th president in the 160-year history of Coe College on July 1, 2013.

David McInally took office as the 15th president of Coe College on July 1, 2013.

Prior to becoming Coe's chief executive, Dr. McInally served Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, since 1986, holding the positions of Dean of Students, Secretary of the College, Vice President for Finance and Planning, and Executive Vice President and Treasurer. He also taught courses in liberal studies and English composition. He was the co-founder of the Collegiate Leadership Conference and the Allegheny College Center for Experiential Learning, and was recognized with the Outstanding Student Organization Advisor award and the Robert T. Sherman Distinguished Service Award.

McInally's professional interests include strategic planning, higher education finance, and environmental sustainability, where he has been active in the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment. He has presented at sustainability conferences across the United States and has authored or co-authored several articles and chapters on these topics, including The Confounding Cost of College, Moving Beyond the Payback, and Greening the Campus: The Economic Advantages of Research and Dialogue.

At Coe College, McInally has emphasized integrated planning and partnerships with the Eastern Iowa region. The Anchor Leg Strategic Plan - approved in fall of 2013 - launched an effort to increase Coe's enrollment, improve student success rates, enhance facilities, and elevate the college's visibility within the region and beyond.

A first-generation college student and National Merit Award winner, McInally earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Master of Arts degree in English language and literature, both from the University of Akron. He received his Doctor of Education degree from the University of Pittsburgh in administrative and policy studies. His dissertation topic was "Liberal Learning in Research Universities: Course Distribution in General Education Programs."

McInally believes strongly in the vital relationship between Coe College and Cedar Rapids. He and his wife, Janice, are active in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and serve in leadership positions in numerous local cultural and social service organizations. Among other interests, David serves on the Board of Directors of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, the Willis Dady Emergency Shelter and Iowa Campus Compact. He has also completed the Leadership for Five Seasons Executive Program. The McInallys are the parents of a son and a daughter - Will and Susannah - who are both recent college graduates. The family resides at Pleasant Hill, Coe's historic presidential home.