Strengthening the Next Generation of Risk Management and Insurance Educators
In 1940, leaders in the insurance industry and at the University of Pennsylvania collaborated to develop a solution to the inadequate supply of collegiate professors, research, and publications on important issues related to the burgeoning fields of insurance and risk management. They had observed that of the 384 instructors teaching hundreds of college courses in insurance and related fields, only 38 were full-time teachers with at least half of their teaching load in insurance and risk management. In response to this teaching shortage, the S.S. Huebner Foundation for Insurance Education was established to broaden and enhance the next generation of risk management and insurance professionals. The founders named this new joint enterprise after Wharton professor, Solomon S. Huebner, whose life’s work was focused on the advancement of insurance education.
It was fitting to name the Foundation in his honor given Dr. Huebner’s dedication to insurance education. In 1904, he taught the first organized course on the economics of insurance ever offered at the collegiate level, and his courses were so popular that insurance was accorded departmental status at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1913, making it one of the school’s oldest departments. There were no textbooks pertaining to insurance until Dr. Huebner wrote his pioneering texts on life insurance, property insurance, and marine insurance. While at Wharton, Dr. Huebner also founded both the American College of Financial Services in 1927 and the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters in 1942. Today, Dr. Huebner’s educational influence and legacy continue through the vital work of the S.S. Huebner Foundation and the work of hundreds of scholars that it has supported.
In 2012, the Huebner Foundation moved from the Wharton School to Georgia State University’s Department of Risk Management and Insurance located in the Robinson College of Business where it continues to develop insurance and risk educators that can be leveraged to teach thousands of our future risk and insurance thought leaders.
Foundation Board of Directors
C. Robert (Rob) Henrikson
Retired, Chairman, President and CEO of MetLife, Inc.
Retired, CRO, Life & Protection, Transamerica
President & CEO, Arcarius Consultancy + Chair, Global Risk Solutions Inc.
Chairman, Unity Financial Life Insurance Company
Retired, COO Reinsurance Group of America
Richard D. Phillips
Dean, Georgia State University Robinson College of Business
Retired, University of Alabama, John & Mary Louis Bickly Endowed Teaching Chair in Insurance & Financial Services
Retired Executive Vice President - Chief Risk Officer, MetLife, Inc.
President & CEO,
Strategic Risk Solutions
John P. Thielman, Esq.
Leslie Holmes Harrington