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Paul E. Finn, Ph.D. '73

Walter J. Gallo '58 Award

The Walter J. Gallo '58 Award recognizes a member of the Saint Anselm College faculty or staff for dedication and service to both the Alumni Association and the College. The recipient of this year's award was Professor Paul Finn of the class of 1973.

After graduating from Saint Anselm, Paul earned his Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology at Ball State University and his Ph.D. at the University of Southern Mississippi.  He then completed his clinical internship at Yale University.  Shortly thereafter, he made his way back to Saint Anselm College as a professor in our Psychology Department...and has remained ever since.

To say that Paul has worn a few different "hats" at Saint Anselm College is truly an understatement.  Academic leader and scholar; teacher; coach; colleague; mentor; friend; confidante....that's Paul Finn.  He has dedicated much of his life to his work at Saint Anselm and to teaching and mentoring our students and alumni.  His caring, yet direct, approach is welcomed by our students, and inevitably inspires them to do better...study smarter....train harder.  In addition, Paul encourages and often assists with alumni networking, and career and life development while never missing an opportunity to reconnect with a former student or athlete.

He has received the American Psychological Association's honor society (Psi Chi) National Faculty Award and was honored as a Fellow of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.  During commencement this past May, Paul received the 2013 AAUP Excellence in Faculty Accomplishment Award.  His award citation noted his commitment to teaching excellence and the development of the "whole person".  The citation also noted his important role in mentoring and overseeing his students' research projects from developing concepts to presenting their work at regional and national conferences.

In addition, Paul is the men's and women's cross country coach and he founded a "Running for Life" group, which helps students and staff prepare to run the Boston Marathon every year.  Paul also trains other students to serve as "lifeguards" who run alongside the runners at different points on the course to provide encouragement and assistance, if needed.  We are so thankful to Paul and his lifeguard team this year for shepherding our 42 student runners safely back to campus amidst the aftermath of the marathon bombings.  There is no doubt that Paul's dedication to training and preparing our student lifeguards helped give them the leadership skills and courage they needed to think clearly and make the decisions necessary to lead their fellow Anselmians safely back home.