The North Carolina Surplus Lines Association (NCSLA) recently presented a $100,000 check to Appalachian State University's Brantley Risk and Insurance Center in support of student programming, scholarships and travel.
Danielle Wade, chair of the NCSLA Stamping Office and chief operating officer at Jackson Sumner & Associates, presented the check to Walker College of Business Dean Heather Norris and Brantley Center Director David Marlett on Appalachian's campus in January 2018.
"The NC Surplus Lines Association is proud to support such a great program," said Wade. "As the talent gap continues to grow with the ever increasing retirement of Baby Boomers, we feel our investment in the future workforce of our industry is important, and we look forward to seeing where these students end up in our industry."
Through co-curricular programs teaching complementary skills such as interviewing, resume building and networking skills, the Brantley Center prepares Appalachian students majoring in risk management and insurance (RMI) to be industry leaders.
The NCSLA is one of the Brantley Center's strategic partners, and, according to Marlett, the annual support from NCSLA and its members helps ensure Appalachian's RMI program continues as the flagship program for insurance in the UNC System and as a top program across the country.
"[Their] contributions help us recruit the best and brightest talent to the industry through their innovative High Performer Scholarships, and funds the annual London and Bermuda trips for our International Insurance Markets class students," said Marlett. "The NCSLA truly makes transformational educational experiences possible for our students which inspires them to become the next generation of industry leaders, both locally and globally."
About the Brantley Center
Appalachian's Risk Management and Insurance Program is the seventh largest in the country. The college's Brantley Risk and Insurance Center, founded in 1988 with support from the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina, supports research and faculty development, assists the insurance industry in the design and delivery of training and continuing education programs, and facilitates interaction between students, faculty and the professionals in the insurance industry. Appalachian is designated a Global Center of Insurance Excellence by the International Insurance Society. For more information about the center, visit insurance.appstate.edu.