Dr. Lou Fincher is the 2020 James A. Davis Faculty Awardee

Posted by Beth Funkhouser
Dr. Fincher is the Vice-President of Emory & Henry’s School of Health Sciences

The Business Journal of Tri-Cities recently named Dr. Lou Fincher as a Healthcare Hero.

Lou is the vice-president of the Emory & Henry School of Health Sciences, and was critically important in developing the Marion campus into a thriving, successful, influential school of health sciences. The school is the repurposed former Smyth County Community Hospital, and now provides state-of-the-art educational facilities for the college’s graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, and nursing.

She has been responsible for recruiting a top-notch team of faculty and staff, and has fostered a collaborative, inter-professional culture both within the School of Health Sciences and with external partners in the region. Under her leadership the school has gained not only local notoriety but also a national reputation.

Through her commitment and vision, the School of Health Sciences is making a real difference in the delivery of healthcare to the underserved population in this region, especially through the Mel Leaman Free Clinic. This impact not only includes the education of future healthcare professionals, but also community-based, outreach centers focused on falls prevention and obesity research.

Dr. Fincher joined Emory & Henry College as the Founding Dean of the School of Health Sciences in June 2014. She has over 30 years of teaching and health care experience and over 20 years of administrative and leadership experience. Her previous administrative positions have included Chair of the Department of Kinesiology at The University of Texas at Arlington, Founding Program Director for UT Arlington’s CAATE accredited Athletic Training Education Program, and President and CEO of the Joe W. King Orthopedic Institute at the Texas Orthopedic Hospital in Houston, Texas.

As a member of the inaugural class of Physical Therapy grads from the Emory & Henry School of Health Sciences, I can attest that her leadership is meaningful and is to be credited for the school’s success. Her education and experience are equally matched by her vision, common sense, and focus on the future. And also, she has a level of moxie that helps her get the job done.

The Emory & Henry Alumni Association named Dr. Lou Fincher the 2020 recipient of the James A. Davis Faculty Award.

  • Dr. Lou Fincher, E&H School of Health Sciences

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