Seton Hill University names new president

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Seton Hill University today announced it has named its 10th president, Mary Finger, senior vice president of advancement at DePaul University in Chicago.

Ms. Finger, who will take the post July 1, will succeed JoAnne Boyle, who retired in June 2013.

“Dr. Finger is well suited to lead Seton Hill through the next important stage in the university’s history," said Michele Ridge, trustees chair and chair of the presidential search committee, in a news release.

"Throughout her career, she has proved herself a strategic thinker with a demonstrated commitment to Catholic education, philanthropy and civic engagement. We are confident she will fulfill and articulate the mission and vision of the University in a compelling way to all Seton Hill constituencies.”

In the news release, Sister Catherine Meinert, provincial superior and president of the U.S. province of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill and vice chair of the university's board of trustees, said, “ We know she will continue to advance our identity, the legacy of our distinctive Setonian tradition, and in the words of Elizabeth Ann Seton, ‘help fit our students for the world in which they are destined to live.’”

Also in the news release, Ms. Finger pledged to build on the university's "remarkable history and tremendous strengths. I will embrace as well the opportunity to immerse myself into the life of the Greensburg community and the southwestern Pennsylvania region.”

Ms. Finger has served for nine years as senior vice president at DePaul, including leading the school's first capital campaign, which is expected to exceed its goal. She also co-chaired a task force on innovation that "created processes for developing and evaluating new academic programs at DePaul and examined alternative instructional and delivery methods," the news release stated. Her experience also includes developing long-term planning and new programs to enhance student engagement.

She also has worked at Mount Mary University, formerly Mount Mary College, in Milwaukee, Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Foundation and Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.

She holds a bachelor's degree from Marquette University, a master's degree from Mount Mary College and a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania

Education writer Eleanor Chute: or 412-263-1955.

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