Brian Finnegan, Ed.D.

Brian Finnegan

Brian Finnegan

Dean, IT/GE and Director of Competency-Based Education

Ed.D., Temple University
M.S., Drexel University
B.S., Cornell University

Subject Areas: Technology Management, Programming and Application Development, Desktop Applications for Business, Networking

Dr. Brian R. Finnegan serves Peirce College as the Dean of Information Technology and General Education, the Director of Competency-Based Education and as an Associate Professor of IT. He joined Peirce College in 2006.

Brian earned an Ed.D. from Temple University in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies, a Master's of Science in Information Systems specializing in Human-Computer Interaction and Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning and a B.S. in Applied and Resource Economics cum laude from Cornell University.

Before arriving at Peirce, Brian served as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Governor's School for Information Technology, a publicly funded enrichment program for gifted and talented high school students hosted by Drexel University. He has been teaching at the college level for over 15 years, and his teaching interests include the management of data and human-computer interaction/interaction design. Prior to his career as an educator, Brian worked in consulting at Ernst & Young (now EY) and in operations management at online retailer McMaster-Carr. He lives in West Philadelphia with his wife and two sons.

At Peirce, Dr. Finnegan led the launch of programs in Information Security and Technology Management, chaired a comprehensive revisioning of the College's general education core curriculum and directed the Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee. He currently directs Peirce's Competency-Based Education (CBE) initiative – a flexible, cost-effective new mode of degree attainment that measures learning through the attainment of skill-based, career-focused competencies rather than through time as measured by the accumulation of credit hours. Dr. Finnegan lead the launch in 2016 of the College's first CBE degree program, a B.S. in Information Technology with a concentration in Networking, Administration and Information Security.

His administrative and research interests center on innovative, technology-driven transformation of higher education, particularly for working adult populations.

Contact Brian Finnegan, Ed.D.: brfinnegan@peirce.edu

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