Br. Ed Coughlin, O.F.M., Ph.D., was planning a long vacation, the first in several years, when he got the call from the chairman of Siena’s board of trustees. Would Br. Ed be willing to shelve his sabbatical and serve as Siena’s interim president? His immediate predecessor, Fr. Kevin Mullen, O.F.M., had just been elected to lead Siena’s founding institution, the Franciscan friars of Holy Name Province, and would be leaving for his new assignment on August 3, 2014. Without missing a beat and with characteristic generosity, Br. Ed said yes.
Four months later, on November 19, 2014 it was announced that Br. Ed had been appointed as Siena's eleventh president. “Since the day he stepped into the president’s office, Br. Ed has guided the College with a clear vision for the future. We are highly confident in his ability to advance Siena’s mission and navigate the complex challenges of higher education to ensure that our students receive the education for a lifetime,” said Board of Trustees Chair Howard Foote ’74.
Br. Ed will shepherd Siena through its 5-year strategic plan, Tradition. Transformed. The plan links the College’s storied past to Br. Ed’s vision for the future. Siena will leverage emerging technology with new and innovative programs to prepare students for cutting edge jobs and careers. The transformative education also underscores the longstanding virtues of a Catholic education. Br. Ed is a relentless champion of the centuries-old Franciscan mission – to mentor young men and women in promotion of a values-centered life. These initiatives and Siena's future will be enhanced by Br. Ed's vision, values and vitality.