Gene Finn became Kent State’s vice president for institutional advancement in April 2007. As a member of the president’s cabinet, he is responsible for the university’s Office of Institutional Advancement and Office of Alumni Relations. He also serves as executive director of the Kent State University Foundation.
During his tenure, he led the successful completion of the $250 million Centennial Campaign, which raised more than $265 million for the university’s endowment, capital projects and current operating funds, with particular emphasis on student scholarships. Under his leadership, the division has been restructured and successfully achieved three record-breaking years of support from alumni, friends, faculty, staff, students, foundations and corporations.
His team also organized the first university wide leadership summit of boards and advisory panels, which has become a biannual event. As Executive Director of the KSU Foundation, he managed the foundation’s investment in, and construction of, a new hotel and conference center in downtown Kent.
Prior to arriving at Kent State, he served as the associate vice president of advancement at The George Washington in Washington, D.C. and also served as interim vice president at that institution. He has nearly 25 years of experience in the field of alumni relations and higher education fundraising.
Gene received his Master of Arts degree from GWU and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.