Howard  Finch
Dean, Brock School of Business; Interim Dean, Orlean Beeson School of Education
Brock School of Business
Office: Cooney Hall 201 B
Phone: 205-726-2364


Howard Finch joined Samford's Brock School of Business as Dean and Professor of Finance in July 2011. He is currently serving as Interim Dean of the Orlean Beeson School of Education, and in July 2019 will transition into a new role as Senior Associate Provost in the Office of Academic Affairs.  He earned a B.B.A. from the University of North Georgia, an MBA from Mercer University, and a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Alabama.

Teaching and Research

Dean Finch has co-authored many professional and scholarly papers. His primary research interests include asset valuation, option pricing, real estate finance, entrepreneurship and applied financial theory. He regularly teaches in the areas of financial and investment management.

Community Service

Dean Finch is a long-time volunteer and board member of Junior Achievement of Alabama.  He is a member of the Leadership Birmingham Class of 2013.


Howard and his wife Kathy have two grown children.  They live in Vestavia Hills and are members of Vestavia Hills Baptist Church.