D. Mark McCoy

President, DePauw University


D. Mark McCoy is DePauw University’s twentieth president, having served previously served as dean of the DePauw University School of Music from 2011-2016.  
A first-generation college student and the son of a coal miner, Dr. McCoy has committed himself since his arrival in Greencastle to making DePauw an even greater place to learn, live and work, with an emphasis on building new bonds between the campus and the city to create what he calls a “communiversity.”
An advocate for ensuring that America’s finest educational opportunities are available to all, the president has written opinion pieces on the subject for the Washington Post and The Hill. “I know firsthand the transformative power of higher education in America,” McCoy wrote for the latter newspaper. “I have witnessed how it breaks the cycle of poverty and dependence to develop leaders in all walks of life.”
In 2018 President McCoy created the DePauw Gold Commitment, which formally guarantees something that has been a hallmark of the DePauw experience since its founding in 1837 – that all graduates will find jobs or be admitted into graduate programs after receiving their bachelor’s degrees. He created the DePauw Centers Council and united it under the leadership umbrella through a $20 million dollar gift to create the Sanger Leadership Initiative.
Inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi multidisciplinary honor society and Phi Beta Mu, Dr. McCoy was honored as National Arts Associate by Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.  McCoy is a contributor for the National Association of Schools of Music and served on the National Commission on Accreditation. He is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Who’s Who in Collegiate Faculty and the International Who’s Who in Music and Musicians.  Shepherd University named a hall on in his honor. He has been selected for several executive leadership development programs and has completed additional executive education coursework at the Kennedy School at Harvard.