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Joan Develin Coley

Dr. Joan Develin Coley is President of McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, Maryland.

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Dr. Coley as been an educator and administrator at McDaniel College since 1973. She was elected on October 20 2000 as Acting President after having served as interim president for nearly a year, and is the eighth president to serve in the college’s 134-year history. Prior to her appointment she served as College Provost for six years during which time she led the faculty in a revision of the curriculum and co-chaired the committee that produced the current strategic plan.

Dr. Coley is McDaniel College's first president to be promoted from the faculty ranks. She joined the faculty in 1973 as Director of the Graduate Reading Program. She went on to serve as Dean of Graduate Affairs and Chair of the Department of Education.

Dr. Coley is a member of the board of directors of Target Community & Educational Services, Inc., a nonprofit that provides community living, vocational and recreational services to adults with disabilities as well as a board member of the local Chamber of Commerce.

She is also a member of the Executive Women's Network of Greater Baltimore.

McDaniel College Career Timeline:

President--2001 Interim President--2000 Provost and Dean of the Faculty--1994-2000 Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty--1993-1994 Dean of Graduate Affairs, Professor--1992-1993 Professor, Chair of Education Dept. & Director of Graduate Reading Program-- 1986-1992 Director of Admissions--1985 Associate Dean/Academic Affairs--1983-1985 Director of Continuing Education--1982 Director, American Publishers Assn. Literacy Project, Washington, D.C. (sabbatical)--1980-1981 Associate Professor, Education Dept. & Director Graduate Reading Program--1977 Assistant Professor, Education Dept. & Director Graduate Reading Program--1973


  • Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading given by the Maryland Council of the International Reading Association (1989)
  • Circle of Excellence, Top 100 Women in Maryland, Daily Record (2004)
  • Top 100 Women in Maryland, Daily Record (2000, 2002)
  • Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading at the Higher Education Level (1989)
  • Maryland Higher Education Reading Association, president (1975-1976)
  • Mid-Atlantic Reading Research Consortium, president (1987-1999)

Dr. Coley has published extensively, writing articles and reviews for national journals and has authored, co-authored and edited several books.

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