Mary Finger Named Tenth President of Seton Hill University
Following an extensive national search, Seton Hill University’s Board of Trustees overwhelmingly elected Mary C. Finger Ed.D. as Seton Hill’s tenth president. Finger will assume the role by July 1. The announcement was made by Michele Ridge, Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees and Chair of the Presidential Search Committee.
Finger succeeds JoAnne Boyle who retired from Seton Hill in June 2013.
The Seton Hill University Board of Trustees’ decision completes a year-long process that involved participation from the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, Trustees, President’s Council, students, faculty and staff, alumni, friends, and community leaders.
“After reviewing more than 70 nominations submitted to our search firm, R.H. Perry & Associates, for the Seton Hill presidency, Dr. Finger emerged as the top candidate,” Ridge said. She continued, “Dr. Finger is well suited to lead Seton Hill through the next important stage in the University’s history. 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.”
Sr. Catherine Meinert, Provincial Superior and President of the U.S. Province of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill and Vice Chair of the Seton Hill University Board of Trustees said, “The Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, who founded the college and are still actively engaged in the life of the university, are pleased that Mary Finger will serve as the tenth President of Seton Hill. 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.’”
James Breisinger, Trustee and Vice Chair of the Presidential Search Committee added, “Mary Finger is a thoughtful leader, whose creativity will inspire others to become involved in the life of this special university.” Breisinger added, “Dr. Finger brings a wealth of knowledge regarding the challenges facing the higher education industry, specifically Catholic universities, along with practical experience to Seton Hill. Her work in evaluating enrollment trends and academic programs, along with her deep understanding of business and marketing, will continue to move the University forward on many levels, but particularly as we work to help our students succeed in a contemporary world. Her expertise will be especially valuable as we develop priority campus expansion projects such as The JoAnne Woodyard Boyle Health Sciences Center on our hilltop campus and the Dance and Visual Arts Center in downtown Greensburg.”
“Seton Hill University has successfully met many challenges that the great majority of private colleges and universities in the United States are facing with creativity and a deep commitment to mission,” said Mary Finger. She continued, “I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve as President of Seton Hill. I look forward to working with Trustees, the President’s Council, faculty, students, staff, alumni, friends and community leaders to lead the University’s next stage as Seton Hill builds on its 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.”
Mary Finger comes to Seton Hill following nine years of service as Senior Vice President for Advancement at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She led and implemented the institution’s first comprehensive capital campaign, Many Dreams, One Mission. The campaign, scheduled to conclude in June 2014, achieved its original $250 million goal in 2012, and is on track to exceed the revised $300 million goal. During her tenure, Finger managed the integration ofDePaul's alumni relations, alumni communications and fund-raising operations into a robust advancement program. She revitalized DePaul's annual giving program and developed a foundation relations program that resulted in increased multi-million dollar national foundation support.
In addition, she co-chaired the Task Force on Innovation that created processes for developing and evaluating new academic programs at DePaul and examined alternative instructional and delivery methods.
As part of DePaul's strategic planning process, Finger served on the Financial Planning/Business Sustainability Task Forces responsible for providing long-term assessment and plans for institutional viability, enhancement of academic prominence, increased enrollment and retention, and successful fund-raising initiatives. She chaired DePaul's Affinity Task Force that developed new programs to deepen student engagement with the university as well.
Prior to her position at DePaul, Mary Finger served as Vice President for Planning and Institutional Advancement at Mount Mary University, formerly Mount Mary College, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; as Director of Development for the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois; as Acting Executive Director of the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee Foundation; and as Director of Annual Fund and Alumni Relations at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. In her varied professional roles Finger had responsibility for strategy development, enrollment marketing, major gift solicitation, and town/gown relationships. Simultaneously, Finger expanded interest and involvement in institutional programming while engaging alumni, parents and friends in the work of those institutions.
Fluent in Spanish, Mary Finger also worked in the Bilingual Education Department, Milwaukee Public Schools, and served as a volunteer in Bogota, Colombia, South America.
A native of Chicago, Finger has an adult daughter living and working in Spain with her husband and two children.
Finger served as a member of the Board of Trustees for St. Augustine College, Chicago, Illinois and also at Journey House, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Mary Finger’s honors and awards include the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Award for development and communication programming as well as two Telly Awards for those same efforts.
Finger received a doctoral degree (Ed.D.) in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts degree from Mount Mary College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University.
Thursday, February 20, 2014 1:00:00 PM
Seton Hill University to Participate in Second Annual Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day
Seton Hill University will join more than 100 educational institutions to participate in the second annual Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day, a global initiative designed to increase student understanding of philanthropy and grow engagement on campuses. The initiative is being organized by CASE Affiliated Student Advancement Programs, a program of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, February 27, 2014
Where: Maura Solarium, Second Floor, Maura Hall, Seton Hill University’s hilltop campus.
Background: As part of Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day, Seton Hill has created a number of student activities to thank donors, demonstrate appreciation for faculty and staff and build community on campus.
During the event, Seton Hill students will be signing Thank You cards to offer their appreciation to university donors, particularly alumni and friends. Videos of students expressing what giving means to them will be made. Students will also get to play Social Media Bingo, which will promote philanthropy at Seton Hill. They will also gain a deeper understanding of what giving means to them and to Seton Hill through activities that provide facts about philanthropy.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 10:18:00 AM
Seton Hill University Theatre Presents “Urinetown: The Musical” February 28 to March 9
The Seton Hill University Theatre and Dance Program will present the Tony Award-winning musical comedy “Urinetown: The Musical” by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis February 28 to March 9 in the William Granger Ryan Theatre, Performing Arts Center, 100 Harrison Avenue, Greensburg, Pa. Tickets are $16, with student and group rates available. Call the Seton Hill Performing Arts Center Box Office for tickets at 724-552-2929 or purchase tickets online at www.setonhill.edu/tickets.
In a time of severe drought where water is controlled by one corporation, Urine Good Company run by Mr. Caldwell B. Cladwell, people must pay to pee or risk being sent to the mysterious Urinetown. An unlikely hero emerges in Bobby Strong. But can he save the day? Will his boss, Miss Penelope Pennywise, join his cause? Will Bobby’s love for Hope Cladwell survive? Will good triumph over evil? This hilarious satire, which owes a debt to the musicals of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, pokes fun at human nature and the world of musical theatre.
Performances: February 28, March 1, 6, 7 and 8: 8 p.m.; March 2 and 9: 2 p.m.; March 5: 10:30 a.m.
The Seton Hill student cast of “Urinetown: The Musical” includes Sarah Chelli of Lawrence, Pa.; Gabriella DeCarli of DuBois, Pa.; Elena Falgione of Glenshaw, Pa.;Domenic Jungling of Gibsonia, Pa.; Patrick “P.J.” McMahon of Gibsonia, Pa.; Haley Mendola of Monongahela, Pa.; Gregory Messmer of Jefferson Hills, Pa.; Dustin Pealstrom of Westmoreland, Pa; Joshua Reardon of McMurray, Pa.; Kristina Riggans of New Castle, Pa.; Kelsey Riker of Douglassville, Pa.; Sienna Sears of St. Louis, Mo.; Alyssa Sheaffer of Carlisle, Pa.; William Smolter of Glenshaw, Pa.; Emily Urbaniak of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Eric Wielock of Leeper, Pa.
The Seton Hill student technical staff includes Jade Festa of New Kensington, Pa., spotlight operator; Rachel Friend of Thompson’s Station, Tenn., dresser; Kaylee Hansberry of New Kensington, Pa., assistant stage manager; Kaitlyn Hardiman of Virginia Beach, Va., costume stitcher; Megan Henderson of Columbia, Md., hair and makeup designer; Jessica Hyland of Chemung N.Y., house manager; Tyler Kluck of Pittsburgh, Pa., props artisan; Andrew Kutrufis of Pittsburgh, Pa., sound design; Brittany Lamb of Suffolk, Va., assistant lighting designer; Anna McDunn of Allison Park, Pa., costume design assistant; Hayley McLean of Elkridge, Md., stage manager; Olivia Mills of Waterfall, Pa., assistant stage manager; Jamie Pasquinelli of Jefferson Hills, Pa., dresser; Courtney Seibert of Chambersburg, Pa., audio assistant;Justin Taylor of Bronx, N.Y., spotlight operator; Selena Vinciguerra of East Pittsburgh, Pa., assistant to the choreographer, costume stitcher and dresser; and Alyssa Wano of Latrobe, Pa., wardrobe manager.
Seton Hill Theatre’s production of “Urinetown: The Musical” is directed by Kellee Van Aken, assistant professor and director of the theatre and dance program. Professional artistic staff for the production includes Ken Clothier, assistant professor, theatre, lighting designer; Joseph Domencic, instructor, theatre, music director; Karen Glass, assistant professor, theatre, scene designer; Vincent Lobello, technical director; Susan O’Neill, instructor, theatre, costume designer; and Stefan Zubal, assistant professor, dance, choreographer. Musicians include Joseph Domencic, keyboard; Jared Davenport, percussion; Ryan McMasters, bass; Christopher Dufalla, trombone and Rob Stull, reed.
Venue Information: All Seton Hill Theatre and Dance performances are held in the William Granger Ryan Theatre in Seton Hill’s Performing Arts Center, 100 Harrison Avenue, Greensburg, Pa. The Performing Arts Center is a fully accessible and climate-controlled facility. Parking is available in four nearby Greensburg parking areas: the Bell Parking Garage on North Otterman Street (across the street from the Performing Arts Center), the Hellman-Ghrist lot on North Main Street, the Albert Grillo lot on Seton Hill Drive and the Wib Albright lot off West Otterman Street.
Ticket Information: Single admission tickets are $16. Seton Hill students (with valid ID) can purchase tickets for $5. Non-Seton Hill students (with a valid school ID) can purchase advance tickets for $13. Students from any school can purchase rush tickets five minutes before curtain, subject to availability, for $5 (with valid school ID). Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets at a rate of $11 each with a reservation and advance payment. Order tickets online at www.setonhill.edu/tickets by phone at 724-552-2929, or by mail at SHUPAC Theatre Box Office, Seton Hill University, 1 Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg, Pa. 15601-1599. Box Office Hours, by telephone: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Mondaythrough Friday. Extended hours on performance days: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 11:19:00 AM