David L. Coppola

Dr. David L. Coppola is the tenth president and nineteenth leader of Keystone College since 2013. As president, he has worked to continue the 150-year legacy of excellence in education for which Keystone is known. In particular, he has led the College and the Faculty to a new level in academic offerings in master’s degrees and expanded adult and online educational offerings, while remaining committed to improving the quality undergraduate experience for every Keystone student.

Before serving at Keystone College, Dr. Coppola served as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Administration and Executive Director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, since 1998. He had taught at Sacred Heart in the departments of Religious Studies and Education, and at Fordham University, New York, in the Graduate Schools of Education and Religious Education.

Dr. Coppola received his Ph.D. from Fordham University and wrote his dissertation on moral leadership in schools. A past Consulting Editor for the Sacred Heart University Review, Dr. Coppola has written on education, religion, leadership and youth issues. Representative publications include: “Then and Now: 10 Advances in Christian-Jewish Understanding Since Nostra Aetate” (1999), With My Last Breath Let Me See Jerusalem: Memoirs of Holocaust Survivor Leo Neuman (2000), Religion and Violence, Religion and Peace, editor with Joseph H. Ehrenkranz (2001), a book review on Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit by Gary Wills, in Catholic Education Journal (March, 2002), Religion, Violence and Peace, Continuing Conversations (2004), What Do We Want the Other to Teach About Us? (2006), and “Towards a Theoretical Framework for Participating in Interreligious Dialogue and Education” (2011).