Siena College has announced that its president, Edward Coughlin, will leave office in August 2020, when his term concludes.
Coughlin was named interim president in August 2014 and took over on a permanent basis that November.
“It has been a great honor and at the same time a great challenge to serve Siena over the past five years during this key moment in our history,” said Br. Ed in a letter to the Siena community. “I am grateful for the many ways the Cabinet and so many others within our community have stepped up, embraced change, and leaned in through a shared desire to ensure the future vibrancy of the College.”
Siena says Coughlin's departure date aligns with the college’s timeline to begin developing a new strategic plan and engaging in substantial fundraising for campus improvements to support students and accommodate new academic programs.
“Given the transformative work ahead and the timeline required, the College must have a leader who can inaugurate this process then actively see it through over the next five to seven years, if not beyond,” said Br. Ed. “We have laid a strong foundation, and this is the right time to begin a search for a new leader for the next phase of Siena’s history. Be assured that I remain dedicated to leading the strategic work in front of us during the coming year.”
Siena is a private, co-educational liberal arts college in the Franciscan and Catholic tradition in Loudonville, New York.
The Board of Trustees will assemble a steering committee to organize a presidential search with the assistance of an outside independent firm.