McInally to be inaugurated as 15th president of Coe College

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2014-03-04 14:06:42 - General

President David McInally

David McInally will be inaugurated as the 15th president of Coe College on Friday, March 14, beginning at 4 p.m. in Sinclair Auditorium. A reception will follow in Gage Memorial Union Dining Hall. The Inauguration and the reception are open to the public.

McInally took office as Coe's president on July 1, 2013. Prior to becoming Coe’s chief executive, Dr. McInally served Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., 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, 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, all by 2015.

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. They are the parents of a son and a daughter - Will and Susannah - who are both in college. The family resides at Pleasant Hill, Coe’s historic presidential home.