B.S., Foreign Service, Georgetown University
M.S. Ed. Educational Leadership, University of Southern Maine
Ed.D, School Administration, Vanderbilt University
Office Location: Bone Hall
Stephen served 20 years as a US Army officer with command and staff assignments in Air Defense, Infantry and Intelligence. Highlights included G2 Plans officer of 82d Airborne Division, and Assistant Professor, US Military Academy. Awards include: Ranger and Master Parachutist, and Bronze Star Service medal for the first Gulf War. Retired as a Major, taught in a rural Maine high school, served as a high school administrator, and Baptist pastor. Completed education leadership masters at University of Southern Maine and doctorate at Vanderbilt. Taught leadership at Vanderbilt and education at Austin Peay State. Coordinated student teaching and clinical experiences for Austin Peay State. Began teaching at Cumberland Univ. in 2008.
Stephen is a Russian linguist and attended Leningrad State University in 1972.
Courses taught at CU include: School Finance & Facilities, Education Foundations, Classroom Management, and Advanced Assessment.Led principal institute for Warren County Schools, June, 2010.
Research interests are principal leadership, turn-around leadership of failing schools, assessment, especially the Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS). Presented at LEAD conference 2010 on university-district partnership in principal training. Planning presentation on TVAAS.Stephen has been married for 32 years to Dr. Kim Y. Finch, former middle and high school principal, currently Program Manager for Alliance to Reform Educational Leadership, GW Bush Institute. Daughter, Stephanie is a banking analyst/consultant in New York.