President, Board Chair, and Center Director
Mr. David Finley’s career and life has been marked by his 40 years of service in education and his desire to make a difference.
His early years were spent teaching the sciences and physical education to middle and high school students. He then became an assistant
principal for an elementary school and soon moved on to fill the position of elementary school principal. David has earned a BS degree
in physical education in 1978 from Colorado State University, a MS degree in education administration in 1995 from Chadron State College,
and EdD degree in education administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2002. In both the MS and EdD programs, he also focused
upon language acquisition and development.
While in Nebraska, David was on multiple commissions within the state and the main lead for language development for monolingual
non-English students. His schools received national recognition for growth and performance. From this, David was placed on a national
level team that worked with 107 school districts in nine states developing effective language acquisition programs.
After Nebraska, David moved back to Colorado where he again worked as an elementary school principal. During this time, David spoke
yearly at numerous conferences, which included the National Association for Bilingual Education. During this time, David was requested
for a two-month assignment in Mexico for two key educational commissions for English/Spanish transitions, and this was a natural fit
because David is fluent in Spanish.
Several years later while speaking at a university in Shanghai, David was recruited by Ameson Education Foundation as the school’s
Chief Academic Officer (CAO) for 16 mainland Chinese high schools. He was responsible for the academic programs, English language program,
operations, systems, and professional development for each school within the restrictions of each province/municipal area. This position
lasted for three years and expanded to include consulting for sixty four Chinese universities.
In July of 2017, David and his wife Jessie returned to Colorado, setting up home in Fort Collins. After working for Global Village Academy
for a short time, David left in the summer of 2018 and began the process of building DPLA, Inc.