Mary C. FingerSenior Vice President for Advancement

Mary C. Finger, EdD, a higher education management professional with significant experience in the development of external relations programs and strategic plans, joined DePaul University in January 2005 as its senior vice president for Advancement.

Since her arrival, Finger has overseen the integration of DePaul’s alumni relations, alumni communications, and fundraising operations into a robust advancement program. Together with the university’s academic leadership, she has planned and implemented the university’s Many Dreams, One Mission campaign. The campaign, scheduled to end in June 2014, achieved its original $250 million goal in 2012, and is on track to exceed the revised $300 million goal. The Many Dreams, One Mission campaign is focused on generating support for scholarships, faculty development, academic programs and facilities.

Finger’s tenure has been marked by a dramatic expansion of fundraising results and alumni relations programming at DePaul University. Highlights include the following:

  • Expanding alumni communications and services, including the launch of a nationwide alumni outreach program
  • Increasing the average number of major gifts per year by more than 280 percent since her arrival in 2005
  • Raising more $1 million gifts during her tenure than were raised in the university’s prior 106 years combined
Before joining DePaul, Finger served nine years as vice president for Planning and Institutional Advancement at Mount Mary College (now Mount Mary University) in Milwaukee. In that role, she completed the college’s first comprehensive capital campaign, exceeding its original goal by 160 percent; oversaw development and implementation of two successful strategic plans; and revamped the institution’s university relations and alumni programs.

Prior to her tenure at Mount Mary, she served Northwestern University as director of development for its School of Engineering and Applied Science and the university’s library system. She was also the acting executive director and development director at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Foundation.

Finger holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Marquette University, a master’s degree in education from Mount Mary University, and a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. She also attended the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.