Coughlin named UMaine vice president for enrollment management

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Kevin Coughlin

Kevin Coughlin, vice president for enrollment management and services at Florida International University with a more than 20-year career in student recruitment and retention, has been named vice president for enrollment management at the University of Maine, effective June 16.

“We look forward to the national leadership and vision Kevin will bring to student recruitment and retention efforts at the state’s flagship,” says UMaine President Joan Ferrini-Mundy. “Maine’s R1 research university is student-centric and committed to helping fulfill the state’s needs for workforce and economic development. Kevin is as dedicated to student recruitment as he is the quality of the student experience and overall learner success.”

In 2014, Coughlin was named Florida International University registrar and, in 2017,  interim vice president for enrollment management and services. He has served as vice president for enrollment management and services since 2018.

“Kevin’s range of experience and expertise, all with a data-driven focus — from new student recruitment efforts to retention initiatives, financial aid optimization and strategic planning — will benefit UMaine and UMaine Machias prospective and current undergraduates,” says John Volin, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. “We welcome his collaborative leadership to advance student success initiatives at all levels, starting with our incoming classes.”

Prior to joining the Florida International University community, Coughlin was dean of student services, 2009–10, and dean of institutional research, planning and effectiveness, 2010–14 at Edison State College. He also served as registrar and director of academic course level assessment. In addition, Coughlin held enrollment leadership roles at the University of South Florida and Lake Erie College.

Coughlin has a Ph.D. from the University of South Florida.

“With faculty members consistently winning NSF CAREER awards, students able to engage in research learning experiences when they first enter the university, and professional staff members working with a zealous commitment to student success, the University of Maine has all the hallmarks of a premier, high-impact, R1 institution,” Coughlin says. “From the moment I stepped on campus, I encountered solutions-focused, curious, future-oriented students, staff, faculty and administrators; without exception, every person that I met represented the best of university life. I am thrilled to be joining the UMaine team, and I am eagerly preparing for June 16.”