Colby-Sawyer Names Dean of the School of Nursing & Health Sciences and Director of Clinical Partnerships

Dr. Kevin Finn has been named dean of the School of Nursing & Health Sciences and director of clinical partnerships at Colby-Sawyer College and will begin his role in late January. Finn, who brings over a decade of administrative, teaching and research experience, was most recently the associate dean for the School of Health Sciences at Merrimack College.

At Colby-Sawyer, Finn will be tasked with providing leadership for the existing nursing and allied health programs as well as the development and implementation of new health-related programming. In addition, he will be responsible for academic and strategic planning for the School, including new program development and program changes that align with the institution’s strategic plan, Colby-Sawyer's commitment to liberal education, and its partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Kevin Finn join Colby-Sawyer as dean of the School of Nursing & Health Sciences and director of clinical partnerships. As a leader, Kevin brings valuable administrative experience in the fields of the school, a proven history of building partnerships in support of academic programs, and success in developing and implementing academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels,” said Colby-Sawyer College President Susan D. Stuebner. “Kevin understands the Colby-Sawyer environment and culture and will be an excellent fit. We look forward to welcoming him and his family as part of the Colby-Sawyer community.”

Finn first served Merrimack College as an assistant athletic trainer and lecturer and then moved into the role of professor and department chair. In his most recent role as the associate dean for the School of Health Sciences, he created and oversaw initiatives on clinical and internship placements, curriculum development, program implementation, and research outcomes that were instrumental in the growth of Health Sciences at Merrimack College.

“I am excited to join the Colby-Sawyer College community as the dean of the School of Nursing & Health Sciences. I look forward to collaborating with colleagues to build upon the outstanding academic programs and clinical opportunities that promote student success,” said Finn. “It is an exciting time for Colby-Sawyer College as we look to enhance the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health partnership and expand the academic programs in health sciences and nursing to align with the needs of the healthcare field.”

Finn lives in Bedford, Mass. with his wife, Jocelyn, and their three children; Brayden, Luke and Ashleigh. As a family they enjoy working out, playing sports, skiing and spending time with family and friends. He earned his Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching from Boston University, his M.A. in Teaching and Curriculum from Fairfield University and B.S. in Sports Medicine from Merrimack College. He is a certified and licensed athletic trainer, certified strength and conditioning specialist and Fellow for the American College of Sports Medicine.