On May 22, the Board of Directors of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) elected Ms. Andrea Finnegan to be the school’s Vice President for Finance effective June 1, 2018.
Finnegan was hired in late January as Controller/Director of Finance. She came to LSTC with deep expertise and experience in nonprofit finance.
“Andrea has already been serving in a leadership role far beyond the controller role for which she was originally hired,” said James Nieman, president. “After seeing her strong performance under complex conditions, I concluded that she would better serve our school at the vice president level, a role for which she is amply qualified. She brings a remarkable blend of intense focus, quick thinking, and minimal drama to what can be a stressful role. Her calm and cordial manner is widely appreciated not only among the staff and faculty but also with our boards.”
“At LSTC, I look forward using my experience to connect the school’s mission to numbers and people,” said Finnegan. “It’s important for me to work for an organization that is doing good in the world. I appreciate and share LSTC’s commitment to work for peace and justice.”
Before coming to LSTC, Finnegan served as vice president of finance and operations for Community Support Services, a nonprofit that provides services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Her work there included finding ways to maintain operations through significant funding cuts due to the budget crisis in Illinois, managing complicated billing and cost allocations, collaborating on grant administration, and managing 11 facilities. Finnegan also has experience as financial director for a homeless shelter and she is a real estate broker.
Finnegan has a certificate in nonprofit leadership excellence from the University of Notre Dame, a bachelor of arts in accounting, and a certificate in K-12 art education.
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The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.