Grassroots Speaker To Share Career, Life History

Troy Finner, Houston Police Department’s lieutenant chief of police for the public affairs division, will share his “roots,” including how Sam Houston State University contributed to his success, with students on Thursday (April 18).

The “Grassroots: A Series of Conversations on Leadership in a Diverse Community” presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Smith-Hutson Building’s Haney Auditorium (Room 186).

Finner’s career with the Houston Police Department has spanned more than three decades, beginning in 1990 as a patrol officer for the southwest division.

As he moved up the ranks, he began performing duties that included outreach to at-risk youths in high-crime areas, serving as a liaison to the Mayors’ Office and other federal agencies, and working with internal affairs.

He was named to his current position in 2012.

Finner earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from SHSU in 1989 and his master’s degree from the University of Houston at Clear Lake.

“Many of our students are criminal justice majors and Lt. Finner is a very accomplished alumnus who is enthusiastic about the education that he received at SHSU,” said Bernice Strauss, Student Advising and Mentoring Center director for academic support programs. “ He has also had a successful career and as a result has enormous expertise to offer.

“He responded to my initial invitation with enthusiasm and conveyed to me an ongoing commitment to the university and its students,” she said. “I couldn't ask for a more committed and successful role model.”
A meet-and-greet with refreshments will follow the discussion in the Student Advising and Mentoring Center, located in CHSS Building Suite 170.

The “Grassroots” speaker series was created in April 2003 to promote career aspirations and academic achievements of SHSU’s minority students.

The lecture is sponsored by the SAM Center’s academic support programs; the Elliott T. Bowers Honors College; the International Business Society; the International Hispanic Association; Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.; the NAACP; the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program; and Student Success Initiatives Office.

For more information, contact Strauss at 936.294.4455 or

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