Credit: umdearborn.edu

By: Sarah Martin, Copy Editor

Amy Finley, the former Director of Student Success, has become University of Michigan-Dearborn’s first Dean of Students, according to a press release by the university.

Finley officially began her new position on Jan. 8.

Although UM-Dearborn hasn’t outlined the responsibilities for the Dean of Students, UM-Ann Arbor’s include: promoting a safe, healthy and inclusive campus community; enhance students’ Michigan experience; provide support services and manage critical incidents impacting students and the campus community; respond to emerging needs within the student population.

She has worked at UM-Dearborn for more than 13 years and has also been the assistant director for civic engagement in the Office of Student Engagement (OSE). While serving as the assistant director, Finley began the university’s Student Food Pantry for students facing financial difficulties.

According to the press release, Finley has been in or worked with leadership positions in the OSE, Office of Student Success, Women’s Resource Center, Counseling and Disability Services, and Student Conduct.

Finley received her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. She obtained her master’s degree in education leadership in student affairs from Eastern Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) from Michigan State University.

“She is already known by many on campus as a strong leader that brings a student development perspective to her work, gets things done and is a proven collaborator.” Said Ray Metz, Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management and Student Life. “Her most recent appointment in the Office of Student Success has shown her abilities to rethink and reshape a set of services in ways that produce strong working relationships and more importantly…results.”

Finley said “college is a time for students to develop leadership skills and create lifelong networks” and “she’s glad to be a part of that journey.”