Dominican College California

Joseph R. Fink

Dr. Joseph R. Fink (1988–2011)

Dr. Joseph Fink was appointed Dominican’s eighth president in 1988. When Dr. Fink arrived at Dominican, enrollment had dipped below 650 students, total assets were $15 million, revenue was only slightly above $7.2 million, and the physical campus was in need of renovation and modernization.

Dr. Fink is widely respected as a hands-on leader whose expertise in fundraising has shaped what the institution has become and the direction in which it is headed.

By fall 2010, enrollment had grown to more than 2, 200 undergraduate and graduate students with an additional 700 participants in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The University’s assets exceeded $100 million and revenue was more than $58 million.

Campus enhancements made during Dr. Fink’s tenure include a state-of-the art recreation center, a new residential village, a $21 million science research facility, the addition of Magnolia House, and an $8 million renovation of the 122-year-old Edgehill Mansion into the Dominican Heritage and Alumni House.

Sister Thomas HarneyDr. Fink guided Dominican in progressive academic programming, introducing the Pathways program for working adults, the Honors Program, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dominican for people over 50, and innovative majors such as the BFA in Dance with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, the Green MBA and the MS in Biological Sciences in Association with Buck Institute.

He promoted and supported undergraduate research and academic excellence among students and has brought visibility to Dominican by attracting internationally known speakers to campus. Dr. Fink supervised the reorganization of campus departments and led the University from intercollegiate athletic competition in NAIA to NCAA Division II.

Dominican U. secures network to protect students and faculty.(Dominican University of California): An article from: T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)
Book (T.H.E. Journal, LLC)
Toward better guidelines for teacher education: A report of the Fifth Annual Teacher Education Workshop held at Dominican College, San Rafael, California, August 16-22, 1959
Book (California State Dept. of Education)
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