In November 2014, the Siena College board of trustees appointed Br. F. Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., Ph.D. to be Siena’s eleventh president.
Coughlin brings to the position a wealth of leadership experience, a long-standing commitment to intellectual, ethical and spiritual formation and a passion for finding new ways to make the 800 year-old Franciscan tradition come alive on a 21st century college campus.
Coughlin, a Buffalo, N.Y. native, has had a distinguished career in Catholic higher education. At the time of his appointment as interim president in June 2014, Coughlin was a Siena College trustee and vice-president for Franciscan mission at his alma mater, St. Bonaventure University. Coughlin has twice been the director of St. Bonaventure’s Franciscan Institute where he oversaw the research program’s academic course offerings and extensive publications. He has been a member of the Institute’s summer faculty since 1984.
Author of more than 20 articles and book reviews, Coughlin holds a doctorate from the Catholic University of America, a master’s from Boston College and a bachelor’s from St. Bonaventure. He has presented at academic and pastoral conferences across the United States and around the world, from New Jersey to Texas, Ireland to Japan and Bolivia to Zambia. He has served on numerous boards of directors and trustees, including those of Siena, St. Bonaventure, Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School in Buffalo and St. Francis Friends of the Poor Foundation in New York City.
The Franciscans have frequently called upon Coughlin, a friar since 1971, to take on leadership roles within Holy Name Province. He has been director of pre-novitiate formation, associate director of novices, prefect of formation, director of ministerial development and planning, secretary of the province and provincial councilor.