Springfield College Names Finning to VP of Student Affairs


shannon_finning.jpgDr. Shannon Finning has been named Vice President of Student Affairs at Springfield College, following a national search. The announcement was made by Dr. Mary-Beth Cooper, Springfield College president. 

A student affairs educator for nearly 20 years, Finning has served as associate vice president for student affairs/dean of students at Clemson University since 2013. Prior, she was the dean of student affairs at Babson College and the associate dean of students at Drexel University. In a previous stint at Clemson, Finning was director of assessment and interim director of new student and sophomore programs.

“I am delighted that Shannon will be joining the leadership team at Springfield College,” said Cooper. “Her extensive background in student affairs, coupled with her engaging personality, will make her a great addition to the Springfield College community."

Reporting directly to the president, Finning will work to create programs and strategies that support the optimal student experience. She will be responsible for a division charged with oversight of all aspects of the College’s student experience and will provide strategic and over-arching leadership to the areas of spiritual life, community standards, alcohol and other drug education, student orientation programs, career services, counseling center, housing and residence life, student activities and campus union, campus recreation, student volunteer programs, and the health center.

 “I felt an immediate connection to the students, faculty, staff, and leadership at the College and am delighted to join the Springfield College community at this extraordinary point in time,” said Finning. “I am excited to work with student leaders, the talented student affairs staff, and Dr. Cooper and her senior leadership team, as well as partners across and beyond the College to imagine, design, build, and execute a vision for student affairs at Springfield College.”

Finning has a bachelor’s degree in communication from Bryant University, a master’s degree in education from Bridgewater State College and a doctorate in educational leadership from Clemson.