Br. F. Edward Coughlin


Siena College

President: Siena College
Loudonville, NY

Br. F Edward Coughlin, O.F.M., Ph.D., a Buffalo, N.Y. native and Franciscan brother for more than 45 years, has led a distinguished career in Catholic higher education as a scholar, professor and senior administrator.

 A psychologist by profession, Coughlin became involved early in his career in a variety of study, teaching, writing and animating projects that sought to retrieve the richness of the Franciscan intellectual-spiritual tradition as a resource for living in today’s complex and globalized world. Much of Coughlin’s personal and professional life, therefore, has been devoted to sharing the story and vision of Francis and Clare of Assisi, as well as the tradition they inspired, in both academic and non-academic contexts and in a wide variety of settings.

Coughlin is the author of more than 20 articles and book reviews. 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. 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.

Coughlin was vice president for Franciscan mission at St. Bonaventure University before moving to Loudonville in 2014.

He became Siena College’s interim president in June of 2014 when Fr. Kevin Mullen, O.F.M., Ph.D. assumed his new responsibilities as provincial minister of Holy Name Province, Siena’s founding institution and the largest Franciscan community in the United States. Coughlin was elected President by the Siena College Board of Trustees in November 2014.

Coughlin received his Ph.D. from Catholic University of America, his M.A. from Boston College and his B.A. degree from St. Bonaventure.