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If the measure of a person is the connections he makes with others, consider these endorsements and recognitions about Vincent J. Coppola (EdD ’71, EdM ’66, EdM ’63,) a beloved career educator many credit with establishing the foundation for UB’s mission to make a difference in local school districts.
Administrators, professors and teachers from UB and local school districts agree: Coppola was “instrumental in developing relationships among the school districts and the Graduate School of Education,” says Alan Gellin, the school’s student/alumni relations specialist.
“I think there are very few people in public education who have served the Western New York community so well for so long as Vince has,” says Stephen L. Jacobson, UB Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy.
A former executive director of UB’s Western New York Educational Service Council (WNYESC), Coppola was a longtime adjunct faculty member in GSE, and an educator who spent 40 years working in public schools.
When asked to explain his ability to forge lasting relationships around teaching, Coppola credits his educational counseling training at UB. And his mother, Josephine Coppola, who taught him the importance of being kind and caring, and doing nice things for people.
“I always felt people were important,” he continues. “I really think that’s the core of who I am, and what I gained most from my experiences in the Graduate School of Education: that relationships are important and people are important.”
-Excerpted from UB Reporter