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Finch named chairman of Rio Grande University board

Jul. 03, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CHESAPEAKE, Ohio -- Jack Finch, former Chesapeake Elementary School principal and current president of Tri-State Bible College in South Point, has been named chairman of the Rio Grande University Board of Trustees.

Finch, 60, has served on the board for 11 years and has been appointed to a two-year term as chairman at the Gallia County university, which has more than 2,600 students.

"It is an honor and privilege to serve an institution that has a focus on the learner," Finch said. "My purpose as board chair is to continue upholding the principles and ideas of this great university and ensure our future remains as vibrant and successful as our rich history."

"It's an honor and privilege to serve the public," he said. "It's a privilege to be part of great things."

One of his main goals is to create financial stability within the institution, Finch said. Many institutions are challenged with finances.

"We're seeing decreases in state funding for the community college," Finch said. "We want to continue to be competitive with tuition and increase the number of programs for students."

Finch also serves the university as its chaplain.

A 1974 graduate of Rio Grande, Finch was on the university's track and field team and is a member of the Rio Grande Athletic Hall of Fame. Finch received his masters at Marshall University. He also received a masters in theology from Luther Rice Seminary and a masters in education from Ohio University.

"Jack Finch is a dedicated alum who demonstrates a lifetime of commitment to the University of Rio Grande, Barbara Gellman-Danley, university president, said in a prepared release. "He will work closely with me, as president, all trustees, and his counterpart at the community college to help realize the vision of Rio's Decade of Dreams strategic plan."

Finch also has served nine years as president of Rio Grande's alumni board and chaired the university's finance committee. He was the 2005 recipient of the university's distinguished alumnus award.

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