New director appointed for Student Activities

Author: Dennis Brown

M. Brian Coughlin, rector of Carroll Hall at the University of Notre Dame since 1998, has been appointed director of Student Activities and LaFortune Student Center at the University. He will coordinate the activities of more than 200 student organizations and 27 residence halls, direct the operation of LaFortune, the Alumni-Senior Club and Stepan Center, oversee the expenditure of student fees, assist with the management of two student radio stations and three student publications, and supervise a staff of 27, along with more than 100 student employees.p. “Brian brings tremendous enthusiasm and broad-based student affairs experience to this position,” said Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., vice president for Student Affairs. “His combination of varied responsibilities both here and elsewhere, genuine devotion to Notre Dame, and commitment to our student body make him an ideal choice for the job.”p. Coughlin earned a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame in 1995 with a double major in government and international studies and theology. He received a master’s degree in educational leadership from West Virginia University in 1997 and participated in the higher education administration doctoral program at Boston College in 1998.p. Prior to his return to Notre Dame as the rector of Carroll Hall, Coughlin served as a residence hall director in the Office of University Housing at Boston College, working in the areas of student leadership, new student orientation and facilities management.p. He served from 1995-97 on the residence life staff at Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va. He was coordinator of residence life and student leadership development during the 1996-97 academic year.p. Coughlin has made numerous presentations at professional meetings and is a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

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