Champlain College taps NYU's Finney as next President

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Champlain College taps NYU's Finney as next President

Sun, 12/19/2004 - 8:00pm -- tim

Champlain College Taps NYU's David Finney to Become Next President
Burlington -- Dr. David F. Finney has been selected by Champlain
College's board of trustees to become the college's seventh president. Dr.
Finney has accepted the board's invitation and will succeed retiring
Champlain president Dr. Roger H. Perry on July 1, 2005.
Dr. Finney is currently Dean of New York University's School of
Continuing and Professional Studies in New York City. One of the
largest schools of continuing education in the country, SCPS annually
enrolls 45,000 undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students
in more than 5,000 courses in professional, academic and enrichment
programs. During his 20-year career at NYU, Dr. Finney has held the top
management positions in several traditional undergraduate areas, including
admissions, financial aid, enrollment services, advertising and
publications.
Champlain College board chair William Post announced Dr. Finney's
appointment, noting that "Champlain's Presidential Search Committee
reviewed the qualifications of a long list of candidates during an
extensive nationwide search. I am absolutely thrilled that a person
with the quality, experience and reputation of David Finney has accepted
the trustees' offer to serve as Champlain College's next president."
Post continued, "Our challenge was to find another extraordinary leader to
succeed Roger Perry. Trustees Holly Miller and Bob Allen guided the
Search Committee through a rigorous process that lasted nearly a year.
That Champlain team accomplished their mission admirably."
Dr. Finney flew to Burlington to participate in the Friday morning
announcement to faculty and staff in Champlain's Alumni Auditorium.
After board chair Post informed the audience of the trustees' decision, he
introduced Dr. Finney as Champlain's next president. Finney remarked, "I
could not be happier about joining the Champlain College community. The
entrepreneurial spirit of the faculty and its innovative tradition is
unique in higher education."
Finney noted that the "very strong commitment to student growth and
development among all the faculty and staff is easy to see when one
visits campus. It is a gem of a school. I am delighted to be offered the
privilege of helping Champlain through the next chapter of its history."
Many in the audience had attended his presentation on campus exactly
five weeks ago, when he visited Champlain as a presidential candidate
finalist. They welcomed him back to campus with enthusiastic
congratulations.
President Perry called Finney "a perfect fit for Champlain College. He is
an entrepreneurial educator who is well grounded in undergraduate
education."
Perry added, "I am impressed with the innovative programs that Dr.
Finney established on campus, overseas, on line and with corporations. His
rich experience at a select and complex university will accelerate
Champlain's momentum."
Holly Miller noted that Finney is "a strategic thinker with an excellent
intellect and an open mind." Bob Allen described Finney as "soft-spoken
and powerfully articulate. During his distinguished years at NYU, David
demonstrated that he knows how to get great things done."
New York University Provost David McLaughlin offered this assessment of
his departing colleague: "David Finney has been central to the advances
NYU has made in student quality over the past two decades. Under his
leadership, freshmen applications tripled and the student body became
dramatically more national. In his years at the School of Continuing and
Professional Studies, he created a number of innovative programs, revised
curricula, and dramatically increased enrollments."
McLaughlin continued, "David's experience and leadership skills convince
me that he will be successful at Champlain College. He will be sorely
missed at NYU. Champlain's gain is our loss."
Dr. Finney has indeed been a driving force for positive change at New York
University for the past 20 years. From 1999 through 2002, he was given
additional responsibilities as Assistant to the President. He was
assigned by NYU president John Sexton to special projects, including
overseeing the restoration of the five villas of La Pietra, the NYU estate
in Florence, Italy, and then directing activities at that overseas
learning campus.
Prior to being promoted to dean in 1999, Finney was Vice President of
Enrollment Services and Planning at NYU, responsible for Undergraduate
Admissions, Financial Aid, the University Registrar, Study Abroad,
Institutional Research, the Office of Advertising and Publications and the
Office of Electronic Publications. Under his leadership, undergraduate
applications rose from 8,500 to over 30,000, and the quality of NYU's
incoming freshman classes improved significantly-SAT scores increased by
over 250 points as the acceptance rate decreased from around 70% to 25% of
applications.
Dr. Finney was responsible for the creation and implementation of NYU's
Study Abroad program, which each year sends 1000 undergraduate students to
learn in other countries. He supervised the administrative staff at NYU's
four sites-Prague, London, Buenos Aires and Florence.
He created NYU's Office of Corporate Learning Services, whose recent
clients include American Express, jetBlue, and Goldman Sachs. Under Dr.
Finney's direction, CLS produced three courses in nine languages for MCI,
training all of that company's 65,000 global employees.
Finney was also responsible for development of NYU's Virtual College. Two
master's programs and a variety of courses are now online, with
undergraduate degrees slated to be online by September 2005.
In 1985, NYU recruited Finney from Rochester Institute of Technology in
Rochester, New York, where he had been Director of Admissions. He joined
NYU as Director of Admissions for the university's seven undergraduate
schools. From 1988 through 1994, Finney was Assistant Vice President and
then Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services, supervising the
offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar, and Enrollment Services.
>From 1992 through 2001, Dr. Finney was a faculty member at NYU's
Department of Higher Education, where he taught MA degree students in the
Higher Education Program. He is the author of the 1997 book Financing
Your College Degree: A Guide for Adult Students.
Dr. Finney earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from
Westminster College, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Arts in higher
education from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. He holds a Master of
Science in higher and adult education and a Doctor of Education in higher
and adult education, earning both degrees at Teachers College, Columbia
University. His primary areas of scholarly interest are higher education
and effective teaching in continuing education programs.
He currently lives in New York City's Greenwich Village and has two
daughters-Lauren is a sophomore at Skidmore College, and Heather will
begin her studies at Hamilton College next September. In 2005, Dr. Finney
will marry Sabine Zerarka, Associate General Counsel at Standard and
Poor's.
Founded in 1878, career-oriented Champlain College is a private,
coeducational institution offering bachelor's and master's degrees, as
well as associate's degrees and professional certificates, in 26 fields of
study. Champlain College educates 1,700 full-time students and 850
part-time students annually, and employs more than 340 faculty and staff
in Burlington, Vermont. The College offers its current, market-driven
programs at campuses overseas, and Champlain College OnLine provides full
degree programs and online training to individuals and corporations around
the globe.
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