Brian Coppess, Ed.D

Brian Coppess

Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Director of Principal Licensure

B.A., Simpson College, 1981
M.S., Iowa State University, 1992
Ed.D., University of Northern Iowa, 2010
Office Location
Crawford Hall 108


In July 2017, after 35 years in public education in Iowa, Dr. Brian Coppess moved to Gunnison and Western Colorado University as an assistant professor with the title Director of Principal Licensure. He has served as a teacher, coach, an activities director, an assistant principal, and just before coming to Colorado, the principal of Urbandale High School.

Dr. Coppess’ research reflects the influences of Senge and Systems Thinking, as well as Deming, Langford and Glasser and their work in Quality and Continual Improvement. In addition, Dr. Coppess cites an awareness of Goleman’s efforts in emotional intelligence as being essential for school leaders. Dr. Coppess’ research emphasis is about the intentional design of mission and vision for meeting the needs of staff and students alike, and for securing the school your community can believe in and value.

Dr. Coppess has submitted the article entitled “The Power of Instructional Leadership: Don’t Go It Alone” for publication and presented about Educational Leadership to The Colorado Association of Teacher Educators.