David McInally took office as the 15th president of Coe College on July 1, 2013. Early in his tenure, he launched efforts to increase Coe’s enrollment, improve student success rates, enhance facilities, and elevate the college’s visibility within the region and beyond. Along with introducing the Make Your Move Campaign in the fall 2015—which initiated the largest building projects in Coe history—McInally was instrumental in creating the college’s new five-year strategic plan, A Bolder Coe.
McInally’s professional interests include strategic planning, higher education finance, and environmental sustainability, where he has been active in the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. He has presented at sustainability conferences across the United States and has authored or co-authored several articles and chapters on these topics, including The Confounding Cost of College, Moving Beyond the Payback, and Greening the Campus: The Economic Advantages of Research and Dialogue.
President McInally believes strongly in the vital relationship between Coe College and Cedar Rapids. He serves on the Board of Directors of several non-profits, including the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, the Willis Dady Emergency Shelter, Diversity Focus, and the Revival Theatre Company. In 2016, McInally was elected to a two-year term as board chair of Iowa Campus Compact, a statewide association of college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education.
Prior to becoming Coe’s chief executive, Dr. McInally spent his entire professional career in higher education and had been at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, since 1986. During the succeeding years, he took on increasing levels of responsibility and gained extensive experience in all aspects of college operations. In the college classroom, McInally has taught courses in liberal studies, writing and English composition.
A first-generation college student and National Merit Award winner, McInally earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Master of Arts degree in English language and literature, both from the University of Akron. He received his Doctor of Education degree from the University of Pittsburgh in administrative and policy studies. His dissertation topic was: Liberal Learning in Research Universities: Course Distribution in General Education Programs.