Native of Easton, new Vice President of Student Services of Mass. Maritime

Originally from Easton, Dr. Shannon M. Finning is the new Vice President of Student Services at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Finning began his role at the academy in June to have time to work with Vice President of Student Services, Commodore Edward Rozak, who retired after 22 years in the position.

Finning will be responsible for the strategic direction, leadership and management of the units and functions that make up the Student Services Division, including the Dean of Students / Commandant’s Office (housing, residential life, conduct, student government and operations. ), athletics, health services (medical and mental health services) and public safety.

“We are extremely fortunate to add Dr. Finning to the academy’s leadership team,” said Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. “She brings a wealth of experience as a leader and passionate advocate for students. We look forward to working with and learning from her.

Finning joins the MMA staff at UMass Dartmouth where she has served as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs since 2018. She was previously Vice President for Student Affairs at Springfield College, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs / Dean of Students at Clemson University and Dean of Business Students at Babson College. Finning has also held positions in career guidance services, student conduct, student activities, guidance programs, assessment, and admissions to public and private institutions including Drexel University, the Bryant University and Bridgewater State University.

“I am honored to join MMA and to feel a personal alignment with the mission, values ​​and priorities of the academy,” said Finning. “I am excited about the opportunity to work in partnership with senior executives, faculty, staff, student leaders and administrators to ensure that cadets receive the highest quality student life experience through services that support their well-being, development, engagement and success and to collaborate with the student services team to imagine and shape the next era of innovation and excellence for student services, in accordance with the mission and strategic commitments of the Academy. ”

Finning entered the field of student affairs / student services over 20 years ago, inspired by the belief that she could make a difference in the lives of students, first one student at a time, then at a time. throughout his career making an impact on people. , policies, procedures and programs that have a positive impact on the experiences, development, well-being and success of individuals and communities.

“Put simply, students – their development, their well-being and their success – are my reason for being,” Finning said. “Every day, I am grateful for the opportunity I have as a student services educator to witness important moments in life – love, loss, rewards and repercussions – and I am humbled by the duty. that I have to develop global citizens and the opportunity to impact a student and the community at large every day.

Finning, her husband Michael, her son and two miniature English Bulldogs reside in Mattapoisett.