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President's Profile

david roland finley, Ph.D.
North Central Michigan College

Dr. David R. Finley was named president of North Central Michigan College in July 2018. Previously, Dr. Finley  served over two years as the provost and vice president for academic affairs (interim) at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, where he also served as dean of the of the College of Business and Engineering from 2012 to 2018.  Prior to his work at LSSU, Dr. Finley was vice president of academic affairs at Trine University in Angola, Indiana.

Although he began his career as an environmental consultant, Dr. Finley found his niche in academia.  He is driven by a passion that education—and access to education—are the great equalizers, and he is an ardent advocate for campus-wide diversity and cross-cultural experiences.

Dr. Finley received a bachelor's degree in atmospheric and oceanic science and a master's degree in atmospheric science, both from University of Michigan.  He also holds a master's degree and doctoral degree in chemical engineering, both from Wayne State University.

Dr. Finley is a member of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Engineering Society of Detroit, the Sigma Beta Delta business honorary and the Tau Beta Pi engineering honorary.