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President's Welcome

Welcome to Coe College, a nationally recognized liberal arts college providing a superior education since 1851.

David Hayes

Coe holds a special place in my heart. I’ve got a unique connection to Coe — alumnus, faculty member and senior leader — and am proud to work for my alma mater. I’ve served Coe in disparate roles, from student body president to president. I remain appreciative of Coe’s student-centered community of faculty and staff committed to providing a high-quality academic and student life experience. Coe is a special place, and I’m delighted that you are exploring and connecting with our community.

Our college is ranked as one of the top schools in the nation, attracting students from across the United States and around the world. Our small class sizes and student-to-faculty ratio offer students personalized academic support, networking and undergraduate research opportunities. In fact, students are guaranteed to participate in an internship, research project or off-campus study opportunity before graduation. Coe’s location in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City corridor exposes students to thousands of internships in a network of more than 4,000 alumni.  

Coe’s campus is a quiet and beautiful oasis in a thriving city, surrounded by many avenues for students to connect, engage and grow in an environment full of opportunity. With nearly all students living on campus, Coe is a place to make lifelong friends, build your network and find your path to lead a life of accomplishment and service.

We believe Coe College is an inclusive and friendly college campus. Please feel free to visit at any time and we can talk about Coe in person. We look forward to seeing you soon.

David T. Hayes ’93

Biographical sketch of David T. Hayes, President


David Hayes and wifeDavid T. Hayes began serving as interim president of Coe College on January 1, 2021, and after a national search became the 16th president on October 1, 2021. His previous role was vice president for advancement and professor of business administration and economics. Hayes graduated magna cum laude from Coe College in 1993. He earned a Juris Doctor with high distinction and an LLM in international and comparative law from the University of Iowa College of Law.

As vice president for advancement, Hayes increased Coe’s average annual fundraising by nearly 40% over the last five years. He directed the Make Your Move Campaign, securing nearly $15 million of external support for the renovation and expansion of Hickok Hall as well as the athletic and recreational facilities.

Under Hayes’ fundraising leadership, the development of C3: Creativity, Careers, Community has resulted in national recognition. Coe has been named one of The Princeton Review’s Best Schools for Internships four years in a row and earned distinction as having a Best Alumni Network. Hayes also was an important campus partner for sustainability initiatives like the solar panels on Clark Racquet Center, the green roof on Gage Memorial Union and an award-winning water management program.

Hayes worked as an attorney with Shuttleworth & Ingersoll PLC law firm prior to returning to Coe in 2001 as director of gift planning and adjunct professor. He later joined the faculty full time and held the Louis J. & Ella Pochobradsky chair while serving as legal advisor to the president. Hayes is a two-time recipient of the Charles J. Lynch Outstanding Teacher Award. He directed Coe’s pre-law and environmental studies programs and led courses at Coe’s Wilderness Field Station before transitioning to the role of vice president in 2014.

David and his wife, Heather, are the parents of three children: Mackenzie, Johanna and Allison Hayes. Heather is the senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids.

Senior Staff

David Hayes

David Hayes, J.D., LL.M.

Angela Ziskowski

Angela Ziskowski, Ph.D.
Provost & Dean of the Faculty

Chantel Olufsen

Chantel Olufsen, M.A.
VP for Advancement

Julie Staker

Julie Staker, M.Ed.
VP for Enrollment, Marketing & Institutional Effectiveness

Kayt Conrad

Kayt Conrad, M.A.
VP for Finance & Administration

Kim Prybil

Kim Pribyl
Assistant to the President