Former NACAS CEO Kelsey Harmon Finn Joins Compass Group to Develop Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education

“Kelsey is widely regarded as an expert in the higher education industry and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome her to the team,” said Lisa McEuenCEO of Chartwells Higher Ed. “We look forward to seeing her vision come to life as she works to create spaces and services for students that lead to individual success and contribute to the financial health of the institution.

Prior to joining the company, Finn worked alongside Compass for years as a client and partner. Going forward, in her new role, she will focus on developing strong strategic relationships that support priorities within the higher education sector. Finn will work closely with Compass’ operations and sales teams and customer partners to leverage resources and provide the best possible service and dining and facilities experience for students.

Most recently, Finn was vice president and general manager of Michigan Sports Properties as part of LEARFIELD. Prior to that, she was CEO of NACAS. During her five years there, she grew the association in terms of membership, business partner engagement, programs and services, and worked closely with campus professionals, hundreds of trading partners and other industry associations. Finn has also held leadership positions at University of California, Berkeley, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Illinois State Universityand DuPage College.

“I am delighted that my journey has led me to Compass, where I can focus on the higher education market. This role is an incredible opportunity to bring together my past experiences and prioritize what excites me – which has an impact on student success,” says Finn. “More than ever, higher education and business need each other. The traditions of education combined with business innovation can create great opportunities for future generations.”

Finn received his Bachelor of Parks and Recreation and his Masters of Education from Illinois State University. She was the first woman to hold many leadership positions which she held throughout her career.

About Compass Group
Compass Group is redefining the restoration and support services landscape with innovation and passion through the lens of the future. Serving leading healthcare systems, respected educational institutions, world-renowned cultural centers, popular sports and entertainment venues, and Fortune 500 organizations around the world, Compass Group always finds a way to deliver excellence in almost all verticals. Whether it’s serving school lunches students love, premium stadium concessions, or innovative, nutritionally balanced meals for seniors, Compass is an industry leader. Ranked #1 by industry peers on Fortune’s 2021 list of the World’s Most Admired Companies, Compass also earned a spot on Forbes’ list of Top Diversity Employers, Top Employers for New Grads and Best Employers for Women in 2021. Compass Group is among Fortune’s 50 Best Companies Changing the World.

About Chartwells Higher Education Restoration Services
Chartwells is the recognized leader in contract food service management, hospitality and award-winning customer service in more than 300 college and university dining environments at academic institutions across the United States. Chartwells nutritious cuisine not only satisfies the unique appetites, lifestyles and dietary needs of every guest dining on campus, but it also brings people together to promote the high-intensity relationships that will prepare students for the future. For more information, visit,,

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