Biography of President Finney

David Finney retired from Champlain College in Burlington, VT where he served as the seventh president from July 1, 2005 through June 30, 2014. During his time at Champlain the college implemented a new core curriculum requirement; developed and completed a campus master plan; completed a ten year college-wide strategic plan; increased emphasis on institutional marketing and branding which resulted in tripling applications for admission; nearly doubled the size of the faculty; established several new graduate programs; created a life-skills curriculum and established Study Abroad campuses in Montreal and Dublin as well as a campus in Shanghai for native Chinese. 

During Finney's tenure at Champlain the operating budget nearly quadrupled, enrollments and student selectivity increased, the tuition discount rate remained at less than 50% of the national average, and the College's reputation grew.

Prior to Champlain, Finney was the Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at New York University from 1999 until 2005.  Prior roles at NYU included serving as the Vice President of Enrollment Services and Planning, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services and Director of Admissions.  

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.