|David Finney, President of Champlain College|
David Finney took over as president of Champlain College in July 2005 after a headhunter for the Burlington school tracked him down at New York University, where he was dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, overseeing an operating budget of $120 million. After one visit to Vermont to meet with board members and faculty, he was hooked, Finney says.
The transition from the bright lights of New York to the relatively slower pace of Vermont was not as difficult as might be imagined, even after 20 years of living in the city. Finney, 59, is a Pennsylvania farm boy at heart, and felt right at home. Here he discusses topics ranging from Vermont’s scary demographics to giving the biggest bang for the education buck.