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Washburn University Names William Finley as Director of Strategic Analysis and Reporting

09/12/18 10:09 am CDT
"I am very pleased to have William Finley join the Washburn community"

Washburn University announced today that it has named William Finley as director of strategic analysis and reporting. Finley replaces Bob Handley who left Washburn to support a family business opportunity in Oregon.

The strategic analysis and reporting department helps gather and analyze data for Washburn University.  In addition, they provide the data and information Washburn is required to provide to regulatory bodies at both the state and federal level.

“I am very pleased to have William Finley join the Washburn community,” said Dr. Jerry Farley, president of Washburn University. “The strategic analysis and reporting department serves a vital role in collecting and analyzing data used in making decisions for the university as well as providing data to regulatory agencies. It is important that we have the right person in position to lead this team.”

Finley has more than 28 years of experience working in higher education, focusing primarily on institutional effectiveness and using metrics to drive improvement. He has been the director of institutional analysis and assessment at New Mexico State University since 2013.

Prior to that role, Finley served as the director of institutional research at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, W.Va. from 2006 -2013 and was the director of institutional research and assessment for Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa. from 2003 – 2006. He has also served as a faculty member in the mathematics and statistics departments. Finley received his Bachelor of Science in mathematics and biology from Grove City College in Grove City, Pa. and his Master of Science in mathematics from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

Founded in 1865, Washburn University is a public institution with more than7 thousand students and a thousand faculty and staff involved in more than 200 academic programs. Washburn’s programs lead to certification, associate, bachelor, master's degree or doctor of nursing practice and juris doctor degrees.

In addition, Washburn Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech) -- a nationally recognized innovator in career and technical education – is also part of the Washburn University family. The dedicated faculty and staff at Washburn Tech serve adult and high school students as well as business and industry participants with career specific training

All programs are offered on either the 160-acre residential campus in the heart of Topeka, Kan. or at Washburn Tech’s campus on the West Side retail hub of the city. Washburn University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association and many of the individual programs have additional accreditations.



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