Dr. Leo Finkenbinder to retire from SNU

Dr. Leo Finkenbinder, Professor of Biology at Southern Nazarene University, will retire at the close of this spring semester after 35 years of service to SNU.

Finkenbinder holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University in biology, a Master of Science degree from Oklahoma State University in natural science, and a Ph.D. in environmental health from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. “Before I went on to earn my masters, I taught four years of high school biology in Keyes, Oklahoma,” said Finkenbinder.

Finkenbinder was hired at SNU in 1968 to teach biology and served as Biology Department Chair from 1994-1997. In addition to his time in the classroom, Finkenbinder has helped to develop a number of programs both on and off the SNU campus, such as the SNU Quetzal Education Research Center (QERC) in San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica; the Tropical Science Track for the Latin American Studies Program of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) in San Jose, Costa Rica; the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge Educational and Restoration Project for the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority and the Oklahoma City Game and Fish Commission; and the “Rio Savegre Watershed” project in Costa Rica, a sustainability project with many partners including the United Nations, the governments of Spain and Costa Rica as well as Southern Nazarene University (QERC).

Finkenbinder has also assumed such professional positions as Director of the Oklahoma Collegiate Academy of Science (1992-1995); member of the Advisory Council of AuSable Environmental Institute, Mancelona, Michigan; and Chair of the Microbiology Section of the Oklahoma Academy of Science (2002-2003).

Finkenbinder said some of the rich experiences he will cherish from SNU include field trips with students, 7:30 a.m. coffee with colleagues, and dialogue with students in classes.

Upon retirement, Finkenbinder plans to travel to several countries to teach English as a second language (ESL) and continue working with the QERC in Costa Rica.

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