Biography of President Finney

President Dr. David FinneyDavid F. Finney became the seventh president of Champlain College on July 1, 2005. In his first year as president, Champlain faculty passed a new core curriculum requirement that features a broad-based interdisciplinary approach to general education. Other initiatives include the development and completion of a campus master plan, increased emphasis on institutional marketing, an increase in the size of the faculty, and the establishment of Study Abroad campuses in Montreal and Dublin. Under Finney, Champlain has a renewed emphasis on working to keep the Vermont economy vital and robust. The BYOBiz program was established to attract young entrepreneurs to Champlain so that they can grow their companies in Vermont. Champlain has also moved to attract greater numbers of students from Vermont by establishing the New Americans Scholarship program and the Vermont First Scholarship program. Expansion of the Single Parents Scholarship program has also occurred.

Prior to his current position, David Finney was the Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS), at New York University from 1999 until June, 2005. One of the largest schools of continuing education in the country, NYU then had an operating budget of $120 million and enrolled some 45,000 undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students in more than 5,000 courses annually across a spectrum of academic programs.

From 1994 to 1999, Dr. 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 tripled and the quality of NYU's incoming first-year class improved dramatically. Also in this role, Dr. Finney was responsible for the creation and implementation of the NYU Study Abroad program, which now sends over 1,000 undergraduate students a year abroad. In this role, he also oversaw the restoration of Villa La Pietra, NYU's estate in Florence, Italy.

Before becoming a Vice President in 1994, Dr. Finney was NYU's Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services and its Director of Admissions. He came to the University in 1985 from the Rochester Institute of Technology where he was Director of Admissions.

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. He holds a Master of Science in adult education and a doctorate in adult education, both from Teachers College, Columbia University. His primary area of scholarly interest is in Higher Education and in effective teaching in Continuing Education.

President Finney serves on the boards of Vermont Campus Compact, Vermont Higher Education Council, Association of Vermont Independent Colleges, Vermont Community Foundation and the Vermont Business Roundtable