Emory & Henry Names Seasoned Leader and Healthcare Educator, Dr. Louise Fincher, Interim President

by Leah Prater

A seasoned higher education leader, healthcare educator and senior vice president of Emory & Henry, Dr. Louise Fincher, has been named interim president of the institution following the announcement last week that current President John W. Wells will be stepping down from his position at the end of July and will transition to become the inaugural Chancellor of Emory & Henry University.

Dr. Louise “Lou” Fincher, who also serves as the founding dean of the E&H School of Health Sciences, will assume the role of interim president beginning August 1, 2024 until a successor for Wells is named by the University’s Board of Trustees.

“I have tremendous faith in Dr. Fincher’s ability to guide the institution during this time of transition,” said Wells. “In selecting Dr. Fincher as the interim president, the Board of Trustees has recognized her demonstrated success as a leader and the immense respect she has among those close to the institution.”

Fincher began working for Emory & Henry in 2014 as the founding dean of the School of Health Sciences whose vision helped launch the E&H School of Health Sciences in Marion, a 15-acre campus that now houses graduate and undergraduate programs in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, mental health counseling and physician assistant. In 2017 she was named a vice president with administrative oversight of graduate education and research compliance. She also led initiatives to develop infrastructure for online education.

In 2020 she was named senior vice president, working with the President and Provost to implement and assess the University’s strategic plan. In this role, she worked with the E&H Advancement Office to establish relationships with philanthropic supporters and raise funds for key initiatives throughout the institution. In addition, she led the development of the Southwest Virginia Healthcare Excellence Academy Laboratory School (SWVA-HEALS), a pipeline program preparing future healthcare professionals to meet the workforce shortages in Southwest Virginia.

Dr. Ann Sluder, the chair of the E&H Board of Trustees and 1981 graduate from E&H, expressed confidence in Fincher’s ability to maintain consistent leadership as the Board begins a search for the university’s next president. “Emory & Henry has benefited greatly from the steadfast leadership Dr. Fincher has contributed to the university through the School of Health Sciences. We are fortunate now, to rely on her breadth of knowledge of higher education, her exemplary leadership and a proven track record of outstanding success across the entirety of the institution. Emory & Henry will continue to thrive and uphold its commitment to academic excellence and community engagement with Dr. Fincher at the helm.”

Fincher holds a doctor of education degree with a focus on human performance studies from The University of Alabama, a master of science in education degree with a focus on athletic training from Indiana State University, and a bachelor of science in education degree from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Before coming to Emory & Henry, she served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology in the College of Education and Health Professions at The University of Texas at Arlington. While there she led the development of an athletic training education program, developed graduate programs in athletic training and exercise science, and secured funding for and provided oversight to renovation projects that produced a 75% increase in departmental enrollment.

From 1995 to 2000 she served as President and CEO of the Joe W. King Orthopedic Institute at the Texas Orthopedic Hospital. Previously she served as the Institute’s Director of Education and Coordinator of Research and Education.

A widely published scholar and researcher, Fincher has been frequently honored for both her academic and community contributions. Her many honors include designation in 2022 as a Fellow by the National Academies of Practice by the Athletic Training Academy; the Tribute to Women Award given in 2018 by the YWCA Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia in 2018; the Healthcare Hero Award bestowed by The Business Journal of Tri-Cities in 2017; the Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Educator Award given by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2016; and Hall of Fame honors in 2011 awarded by the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association.

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3482-emory-henry-plans-fall-opening-of-food-city"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1500/15757_food-city-sports-complex.rev.1713798651.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1500/15757_food-city-sports-complex.rev.1713798651.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1500/15757_food-city-sports-complex.rev.1713798651.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1500/15757_food-city-sports-complex.rev.1713798651.JPG 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1500/15757_food-city-sports-complex.rev.1713798651.JPG" alt="Aerial view of the Emory & Henry Food City Sports Complex construction site" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1500/15757_food-city-sports-complex.rev.1713798651.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2000,1500/15757_food-city-sports-complex.rev.1713798651.JPG 3x" data-max-w="2000" data-max-h="1500" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3482-emory-henry-plans-fall-opening-of-food-city">Emory & Henry Plans Fall Opening of Food City Sports Complex</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Emory & Henry’s Food City Sports Complex on Track for Fall 2024 Opening</p><a href="/live/news/3482-emory-henry-plans-fall-opening-of-food-city" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3580-emory-henry-names-next-mens-head-basketball"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/18,0,351,333/16033_jimmy-allen.rev.1717596457.webp 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/18,0,351,333/16033_jimmy-allen.rev.1717596457.jpg 1x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/18,0,351,333/16033_jimmy-allen.rev.1717596457.jpg" alt="Jimmy Allen E&H Men's Basketball Coach" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="333" data-max-h="333" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3580-emory-henry-names-next-mens-head-basketball">Emory & Henry Names Next Men’s Head Basketball Coach</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Emory & Henry Names Jimmy Allen Next Head Men’s Basketball Coach</p><a href="/live/news/3580-emory-henry-names-next-mens-head-basketball" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3147-emory-henry-ranks-21-of-135-regional"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/4/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2130/12964_campus.rev.1671034016.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/4/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2130/12964_campus.rev.1671034016.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/4/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2130/12964_campus.rev.1671034016.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/4/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2130/12964_campus.rev.1671034016.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/4/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2130/12964_campus.rev.1671034016.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry was ranked 21 of 135 peer institutions by U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges for 2023-24, offering more than 9..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/4/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2130/12964_campus.rev.1671034016.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/4/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2130/12964_campus.rev.1671034016.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2130" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3147-emory-henry-ranks-21-of-135-regional">Emory & Henry Ranks 21 of 135 Regional University (South) Rankings from U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Emory & Henry had a strong showing in the</span> <strong><i>U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges for 2023-24</i></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">, earning the number 21 spot of the Best Colleges amongst 135 peer institutions. Emory & Henry was also ranked #13 for Best Undergraduate Teaching Programs among regional universities in the south and #68 for Social Mobility moving up nine spots amongst its peers.</span></p><a href="/live/news/3147-emory-henry-ranks-21-of-135-regional" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2765-emory-henry-receives-2-million-gift-from-the"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/13397_Gatton-Foundation-EH-Equestrian-Center-Grand-Arena-Gift_354.rev.1676915660.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/13397_Gatton-Foundation-EH-Equestrian-Center-Grand-Arena-Gift_354.rev.1676915660.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/13397_Gatton-Foundation-EH-Equestrian-Center-Grand-Arena-Gift_354.rev.1676915660.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/13397_Gatton-Foundation-EH-Equestrian-Center-Grand-Arena-Gift_354.rev.1676915660.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/13397_Gatton-Foundation-EH-Equestrian-Center-Grand-Arena-Gift_354.rev.1676915660.jpg" alt=" Celebrating the $2 million gift from the Bill Gatton Foundation to Emory and Henry: President John W. Wells; Bill Gatton Foundation Tr..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/13397_Gatton-Foundation-EH-Equestrian-Center-Grand-Arena-Gift_354.rev.1676915660.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/13397_Gatton-Foundation-EH-Equestrian-Center-Grand-Arena-Gift_354.rev.1676915660.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2765-emory-henry-receives-2-million-gift-from-the">Emory & Henry Receives $2 Million Gift from The Bill Gatton Foundation to Name the Grand Arena at Future Equestrian Center</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> The Bill Gatton Foundation, located in Bristol, Tennessee, has donated $2 million to Emory & Henry College to support the construction of its new equestrian center to be located adjacent to the College campus on Interstate 81, at Exit 26. </p><a href="/live/news/2765-emory-henry-receives-2-million-gift-from-the" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3381-emory-henry-celebrates-community-and-alumni-at"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry faculty walking into the chapel." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15526_Founding-Day_3-21-24_0061.rev.1711373364.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3381-emory-henry-celebrates-community-and-alumni-at">Emory & Henry Celebrates Community and Alumni at 187th Founding Day, Alumni Stephen and Jessica Callahan Founders of Tennessee Hills Distillery Served as Keynote</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> The 187th annual Founding Day Convocation at Emory & Henry College was celebrated on Thursday, March 21, 2024. Each year, Founding Day is celebrated with a keynote speaker and awards ceremony honoring distinguished alumni and philanthropic members of the community.</p><a href="/live/news/3381-emory-henry-celebrates-community-and-alumni-at" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2713-emory-henry-college-launches-new-online"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/png" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.png 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.png" alt=" Latest print edition of the Fall 2022 E&H Magazine, now online at www.emoryhenry.edu/magazine " width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.png 3x" data-max-w="9000" data-max-h="5700" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2713-emory-henry-college-launches-new-online">Emory & Henry College Launches New Online Magazine</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Emory & Henry College is proud to announce the launch of the College’s</span> <i><span style="font-weight: 400;">E&H Magazine </span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">website, a complement to the bi-annual publication created by the Office of Marketing and Communications in partnership with the Office of Advancement and the Alumni Office.</span></p><a href="/live/news/2713-emory-henry-college-launches-new-online" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3184-historic-carriger-hall-transformed-emory-henry"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.jpg" alt="Ribbon Cutting for the newly renovated School of Business: E&H Board of Trustees Member George A. Whitley '77, Dr. Emmett P. Tra..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2134" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3184-historic-carriger-hall-transformed-emory-henry">Historic Carriger Hall Transformed: Emory & Henry College Celebrates the Grand Reopening of the School of Business</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Emory & Henry College proudly inaugurated its transformed historic landmark, Carriger Hall, as the new vibrant home of the School of Business in a special ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Friday, October 13, 2023. </span></p><a href="/live/news/3184-historic-carriger-hall-transformed-emory-henry" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>