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New Vaughan Institute Leadership Announced

Larry Hershberger will retire as director of the Vaughan Institute on July 1. He was hired before the Institute was formed nearly 13 years ago to raise funds and help establish the RMI curriculum. Professor Thomas Berry-Stoelzle will become faculty director and Dana Ramundt will become business director (largely a volunteer role). Viana Rockel is also retiring July 29. In 2003, Viana was employed by the UI Foundation and was assigned the fundraising role for the Institute. She became associate director in 2006. The college is currently searching for an assistant director to fill her position. To learn more or apply, search for requisition #69192 on Jobs@uiowa.

New RMI Curriculum Approved

The RMI Certificate is now more accessible to all Tippie majors! The three Finance electives have been removed for all majors except Finance majors beginning Fall 2016. Now all Tippie majors may complete the RMI certificate by taking only four courses extra. Students are encouraged to begin taking RMI courses as soon as they have completed microeconomics and macroeconomics by enrolling in FIN 3400 Principles of Risk Management and Insurance. Learn more about the new curriculum... Click here for a RMI Certificate planning checklist. Students declaring the RMI Certificate before Fall 2016 may continue to use the requirements that were in place when they declared the RMI certificate.

Risk management and insurance (RMI) is a vital and growing segment of our economy and essential to the economic health of Iowa and the nation. Employment demands are high and the industry is dynamic and changing rapidly. The Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance is devoted to providing University of Iowa students with the necessary skills to make a difference in the workplace and to serving the employment needs of this highly respected industry.

The Vaughan Institute offers a variety of programs that lay the groundwork for a rewarding career. The keystone of the program is the Risk Management and Insurance Certificate, which covers a variety of topics and ensures that undergraduate students have the needed knowledge for the field.

The benefits of the institute are numerous. Students gain training and guidance to stand out in this rewarding field. Employers appreciate access to a talented pool of candidates as well as the assurance that the future of the industry will be in good hands.

This partnership between the Vaughan Institute, its students, and the RMI industry enhances and builds on Iowa's legacy in risk management and insurance. Become an active partner in the Vaughan Institute.