Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance Henry B. Tippie College of Business
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Vaughan Institute Welcomes New Advisory Board Members

By Ruth Paarmann

The Vaughan Institute Advisory Board recently welcomed Todd Fuhs, Susan Haack, and Terry Lillis to this distinguished group of professionals. Their expertise and leadership in the insurance and risk management field helps the institute uphold its mission and maintain an innovative and relevant curriculum for its students.

“Advisory board members are carefully selected to represent the diversity of the risk management and insurance field,” says Viana Rockel, associate director of the institute. “Because of their passion and positions, they raise the visibility of the institute and enhance our credibility.”

Todd Fuhs, FSA, MAAA, BS80, hails from Louisville, Ky., and serves as AEGON’s chief risk officer for the Americas. He previously served as the chief actuary for the Institutional Markets Division. Todd developed an expertise in product pricing/costing and portfolio strategies during his 16 years at Provident/Unum Provident.

Susan Haack, MBA01, serves as chief risk officer for The Motorists Insurance Group in Columbus, Ohio, where she has worked since 2008. She began her insurance career in 1990 at Iowa Mutual Insurance Company in her hometown of DeWitt, Iowa. She became president of Iowa Mutual in 2003.

Terrance (Terry) J. Lillis, MS82, has worked for Principal Financial Group in Des Moines, Iowa, since 1982, when he was an actuarial student at the UI. He worked his way through the various actuarial positions and became vice president and chief financial officer in 2000. In 2008, he was named senior vice president and chief financial officer.

These individuals are part of a group of 10 distinguished individuals who provide valuable insight into developing a quality workforce through an outstanding insurance and risk management education. Many members visit the UI to speak to students enrolled in the certificate program and to participate in the institute’s mentoring program.

“The advisory board members provide valuable input on our academic program and our strategic planning process,” says Ty Leverty, assistant professor and Tristar Risk Management Fellow. “The insight and advice they provide is vital to preparing a curriculum that is at the cutting edge of theory and practice.”

“We’re excited to have a diverse group of experienced professionals who have a genuine interest in our curriculum,” says Larry Hershberger, director of the institute. “They’re also enthusiastic champions of the students who represent the next generation of insurance and risk management professionals.”