David Finnie

Police Chief, Wright State University
2004, M.A., Applied Behavioral Science
2007, M.A., Public Administration

member since 2016

In 1990, David Finnie began his law enforcement career as a police officer and supervisor at the University of Delaware. Arriving at Wright State University in 1999, David accepted the position of Police Captain. Subsequently he was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police, Interim Chief of Police, and Chief of Police in 2014, having served twenty-eight years in academia policing.

David’s education, training, and service include a Master of Public Administration (’07); Master of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice & Social Problems (’04); and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice ('97). In addition, David has completed several nationally recognized law enforcement executive development and leadership programs and is a highly sought teacher and speaker. Currently a member of the Executive Board for the Joint Terrorism Task Force for the Southwestern Region of Ohio, David also served on the Government Relations Committee for the International Association Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and adjuncts at Wright State in Political Science and Applied Behavioral Science.

Dave has enjoyed serving on the Dean’s Leadership Board because it allows him to connect with his fellow alumni and stay engaged with current students at Wright State.