Continues to serve University as Development Board Member
By Lisa Schultz BA '91, MA '95
Director of Alumni Relations
The core values of the University of the Incarnate Word are Faith, Service, Innovation, Truth and Education. One alumnus has taken those core values to heart and has lived them daily. They are evident in his years both personally and professionally, during and after retirement.
Rick Fink graduated from UIW in 1988 with a master’s degree in social gerontology. He credits his success as a leader in elder care to his education at Incarnate Word. Fink stressed the importance of an open atmosphere in the classroom and among the faculty and students.
“Everybody was there because they wanted to be there,” said Fink. “We formed close lasting relationships.”
Fink went on to be the first director of USAA Towers in San Antonio, where he was instrumental in creating a top-rated retirement community. After leaving USAA Towers, Fink became the executive director of The Forum at Lincoln Heights, where he held this position for 10 years. Since retirement, Fink continues to serve in the field of gerontology. He provides marketing and hiring consultation to fellow alumnus and gerontologist, J.B. Gouger ’97 for his assisted living communities in South Texas.
“I have always enjoyed the opportunity to be of service to my Incarnate Word family and to give back,” said Fink. “To use the things I learned both academically and professionally is very important – it’s the right thing to do.”
Fink has been a member of the UIW Development Board for 20 years, where he has assisted in raising money for student scholarships. He also serves on the Village of the Incarnate Word board of directors. In this capacity, he was the head of the construction committee for the Dubuis House expansion in the retirement community.
As a long time Alamo Heights Rotarian, Fink has been a hands-on volunteer at the annual Alamo Heights Night, which is in its 24th year. This year will be a new change in venue for this popular unofficial Fiesta event – the UIW campus.
“The AH Rotary sees the move as a real opportunity to improve and expand the event at UIW,” said Fink. “The faculty, staff, students and administration at UIW are all very supportive.”
Alamo Heights Night will take place on Friday, April 16 on the UIW campus from 5:30-11:30 p.m. It continues to be a family-friendly event with something for everyone. All profits go to local charitable organizations. There will also be plenty of park and ride options. You can find out more about Alamo Heights Night at www.alamoheightsnight.org.
Fink will continue to be a servant leader long into his retirement years, for the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and UIW have had a positive impact on Fink’s life.
“The underlying sense of service permeates throughout the University from the Sisters and everyone who is part of the UIW family,” said Fink. “The Sisters and the University are a first-class act.”