Dr. Gianna Durso-Finley Executive Director

Dr. Gianna Durso-Finley

Executive Director

Gianna Durso-Finley, Ph.D., came to the Newcombe Foundation in December of 2016. Prior to that, she was a Professor of Sociology and Assistant Dean for the American Honors program at Mercer County (NJ) Community College, where she had been employed since 2001. She also served MCCC as Director of Institutional Research and Assessment. Dr. Durso-Finley holds an A.B. (cum laude) in Anthropology from Princeton University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University. Her scholarly research has focused on gender equity at work, labor relations in transition, universal learning design in higher education, and the impact of pedagogy on students' worldviews. She served as a site evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, where she specialized in evaluation of strategic planning and assessment. Dr. Durso-Finley recently traveled to Cuba with sociology students and to China, where she worked with a Chinese educational foundation to give classroom demonstrations of engaging pedagogy to help prepare students for international study. In addition, Dr. Durso-Finley is currently on the Advisory Board for the Wrestlers in Business Network, a non-profit organization which supports youth wrestling in Trenton, New Jersey.

Upon accepting the Trustees' offer, Dr. Durso-Finley said, "The mission of the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation is so compelling. I am excited to work with the Foundation's distinguished Trustees to preserve and expand the Foundation's mission at a time when helping to provide access to affordable higher education is more important than ever."