Dr. Frederick Finks began his term as the 28th president of Ashland University on June 1, 2006. Prior to that, he had served as president of Ashland Theological Seminary since 1982.
Under his leadership, the University has engaged in an aggressive commitment to address the rising financial burden of students and parents, and this included the bold move in August to reduce tuition for full-time undergraduate students by more than $10,000 for the 2014-15 academic year.
He received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., in June of 1980 and a Master of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary in June of 1972. He and his wife, Holly, have two children and five grandchildren.
He believes that "our theme of 'Accent on the Individual' is not merely a phrase, but a description of what Ashland is all about.”
In January, Dr. Finks made public his plans to retire in May 2015 and he plans to transition into the role of chancellor at the institution in October 2014. This announcement can be seen at: