CHICOPEE, Mass. — The College of Our Lady of the Elms has named higher education executive Andrew Coston, Ed.D., of St. Peter, MN, as the college’s new vice president of student affairs. Reporting directly to the president, Coston is responsible for the strategic oversight and management of the college’s student affairs office. Coston’s appointment is effective October 3.
“I am excited to welcome Dr. Coston to Elms College,” said Elms College President Harry E. Dumay, Ph.D., MBA. “His experience in student affairs administration and career development will be a welcome addition to Elms College and I look forward to working with him on the strategic direction of the college.”
Coston is joining Elms from Gustavus Adolphus College (GAC), where he recently served as assistant dean of students and executive director of GAC’s Center for Career Development. Prior to that, he was director of career services at Cecil College in Maryland.
In his new role at Elms, Coston is responsible for providing leadership, management and supervision to the dean of students, the director of campus ministry, the director of residence life, and director of the health center. Additionally, he is a member of the president’s cabinet.
Coston has more than 20 years of higher education experience in student affairs and career services. He holds a doctoral degree in education from Morgan State University in Maryland, a master’s degree in school counseling at Loyola College in Maryland, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Assumption College in Worcester.
“To everyone in the Elms community, I will bring my enthusiasm for meeting people from all walks of life,” said Coston. “It is important to meet students and people where they are, understand their perspectives, and help get them to where they want to go.”
About Elms College
Elms College is a coeducational Catholic college offering a liberal arts curriculum that prepares students holistically for a purposeful life in a diverse and interconnected world. Founded in 1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Elms College has a tradition of educating reflective, principled and creative learners, who are rooted in faith, educated in mind, compassionate in heart, responsive to civic and social obligations, and capable of adjusting to change without compromising principle.