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Who is SAU? Ed Finn

November 2013


Associate Vice President for Advancement Ed Finn '94 MBA remembers when the O'Rourke family offered its financial support for SAU'S assistive technology showcase house.

Jim's Place was dedicated in memory of the O'Rourke's beloved brother and son. "That was an example of a very joyful giving experience," Finn said. "Through their gift, they are impacting the lives of others in very meaningful ways."

Finn on Philanthropy
From the Greek: philos: loving + anthrĊpos: man
"In advancement, we get to witness philanthropy, love of humankind. Watching someone change lives by sharing what they have."

What is Giving?
"I believe that everything we have is from God, on loan to us," Finn said. "We share what we have and help others." 

An Influential Read
As a shy and introverted teenager, Finn discovered Dale Carnegie's iconic book, How to Win Friends and Influence People. "That was a life-changer," he said. "My whole outlook changed and I started to realize that I could make something of myself with God's help."

Getting ‘Batty' at the Alumni House
Finn, whose office is located in the historic Alumni House, reports he occasionally receives an unexpected visitor-and it's not an alumnus. Confused bats are captured and then released.

Finn Facts

  • Early-on, worked at Marycrest College, "quite the rival of St. Ambrose at the time."
  • Hired by SAU in 1991.
  • Works out every day-usually at 5 a.m. 
  • Leads the children's liturgy at his parish.
  • His brother Steve is general manager of Sodexo Food Service on campus.
  • He considers St. Ambrose not just an employer, but family.

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