Brian Coughlin promoted to assistant VP in reorganization of student affairs

Author: Jenny Monahan &Dennis Brown


M. Brian Coughlin, director of student activities and theLaFortuneStudentCenterat the University of Notre Dame, has been promoted to assistant vice president for student activities, part of a reorganization of the Universitys Office of Student Affairs. He will assume his new duties July 1.

Brian is a gifted, experienced and astute administrator who has led the Student Activities Office through a period of substantial growth over the last six years,said Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., vice president for student affairs.His tremendous dedication to student development is matched only by his commitment to excellence, and I am confident that this position will allow Brian to create some wonderful opportunities for our students.

During his tenure as director of student activities and LaFortune, Coughlin has overseen the renovation and development of the Legends of Notre Dame Restaurant and Alehouse Pub (formerly the Alumni-Senior Club) and its transformation into one of the premier live entertainment venues in the region and a mainstay in the campus nightlife scene. He serves as advisor to Student Government, and has been at the forefront of the University’s responses to critical Student Government issues. Coughlin also managed the renovation of LaFortune, which included the overhaul of all social spaces as well as the introduction of Starbucks, Subway, and Sbarro to the facility.

Coughlin earned his bachelors degree in government and theology from Notre Dame and a master’s degree in educational leadership fromWest VirginiaUniversity.Prior to his current position, Coughlin served as rector of Carroll Hall for three years.

While pursuing his graduate degree, Coughlin held two different graduate assistant positions and worked as the coordinator of residence life and student leadership development atBethanyCollegeinBethany,W.Va.He also spent a year atBostonCollege, where he served as director for four residential halls and a host of programs and events.

As part of the division’s restructuring, Margaret S. Hnatusko, currently associate director of student activities, will be promoted to director of student activities for programming. Ryan Willerton, also associate director of student activities, will be named director of student activities for facilities.

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