Coffey successfully defends doctoral dissertation

 Huntington, Ind.—Ron Coffey, vice president for student development at Huntington University, successfully defended his doctoral dissertation at Indiana State University on Tuesday.

Coffey’s study focused on perceived stress among first-year college students. He will receive a Ph.D. in higher education administration and leadership.

“I am very proud of Ron’s outstanding accomplishment,” said Dr. G. Blair Dowden, president of Huntington University. “He has successfully managed his own stress levels while juggling a doctoral program, leadership responsibilities at Huntington University, and commitments to his family and church. Ron’s achievement brings added distinction to our Student Development program.”

A veteran of the Huntington University administration, Coffey has served as vice president for student development since 2003. For nine years, he was the associate dean for student development. Coffey earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Huntington University and a master’s degree in student personnel administration from Ball State University. Coffey is a former resident director and Youth for Christ director.

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


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