Finch grew up in Decatur, Georgia and earned his bachelor's in finance and economics from North Georgia College and State University. He went on to complete a master's in finance at Mercer University and a second master's and doctorate at the University of Alabama.
Finch spent two years as a financial consultant for Lehman Brothers in New York before returning to academia. He has taught at Alabama, the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, and Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, where he served as associate dean of the Lutgert College of Business. He came to Samford in July 2011.
Finch and his wife, Kathy, have two children, Ashley and Austin.
- Williams, Roy L. (August 21, 2011) "On the Record: Howard Finch, business dean at Samford University." Birmingham News