Dean of Health Professions Selected for National Leadership Academy
Buffalo, New York – March 02, 2017 – Dr. Maureen F. Finney, dean of the School of Health Professions at D’Youville College, has been selected as a member of the 2017-2018 Senior Leadership Academy, which is cosponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute, both based in Washington, D.C.
The year-long academy is designed to enhance the skills of mid-level college and university administrators for future tasks as vice presidents and cabinet officers.
The program consists of two seminars led by current and former presidents and vice presidents, a professional experiential plan developed by the participant to be carried out on the participant’s home campus or another campus, mentorship by the participant’s nominator and the program director, and executive career coaching.
Approximately 30 participants from independent institutions were selected for the special program that will begin this summer with the first seminar scheduled for November in San Antonio, Texas.
Participants had to be nominated and meet other criteria. Dr. Finney was nominated by then acting President Dr. William Mariani and she will be mentored through the program by Dr. Lorrie A. Clemo, D’Youville’s new president.
“I am deeply honored and thankful to have been nominated and chosen to participate in this prestigious academy,” Dr. Finney said. “I am very enthused to engage in all of the opportunities that the academy has to offer and to network with my peers. I have every intention to use what I have learned to better the academic community and my leadership skills.”
“The need to prepare future leaders … has never been greater as the generation of people now in senior leadership positions on campus rapidly nears retirement”, according to the Academy.
In 2012, the average age of the nation’s college presidents was 61 years compared with an average age of 52 years two decades earlier. The average age of chief academic officers is slightly younger, at 57 years.
Dr. Finney was named dean in August 2015 after serving as chair of the Physician Assistant Department since 2001.
A graduate of Niagara University, she earned her master’s degree at the State University at Buffalo and her physician assistant degree and doctorate in Health Policy at D’Youville College.
Dr. Finney has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at national and international conferences on healthcare topics.
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