Areas of expertise: Third party partnerships; programming and
conceptual design of student life facilities; residential life; occupancy management; Greek affairs; leadership development; and interface with the higher education marketplace.
Michael Coakley is the President and CEO of Coakley and Colleagues, Inc., a consulting firm focused on higher education, particularly in the programming, design, and management of student life facilities. Most recently he was the Associate Vice President of Educational Outreach and Student Services at Arizona State University. Prior to ASU, he served as Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Executive Director of Student Housing and Dining Services at Northern Illinois University. Coakley also worked at Wright State University (Ohio), Western Michigan University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He boasts more than thirty-five years of university-level experience in student development, housing operations, auxiliary services, residential life, judicial affairs, student activities, multicultural student services and Greek life, learning support services, and design and construction of student life facilities. Additional, Coakley has academic experience as an instructor and a clinical faculty member.
While at Arizona State University, Michael participated in the development of 5,000+ beds using Public Private Partnerships. He was also involved in the development and management of more than 4,400 beds using a 501(c)(4) financial structure. During his tenure at Wright State University, Mr. Coakley was responsible for the development and design of seven residence halls and nine apartment buildings in one of the first Public Private Partnerships in the nation.
Mr. Coakley has served the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International in a variety of leadership capacities. He also served on the ACUHO-I Foundation Board which raised in excess of $500,000 during his tenure. Mr. Coakley has also served as a consultant for multiple institutions and businesses concerning student housing.
Mr. Coakley is the coordinator for ACUHO-I’s 21st Century Project, a multi-phased initiative leading to the construction of new, state-of-the-art residential facilities for colleges and universities. In addition to creating one or more prototype residential facilities on several campuses, the project assists colleges and universities in designing new residential facilities, or renovating existing facilities, that reflect the ever-changing roles that residences play in the collegiate experience.
Mr. Coakley has a MS from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a BS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.