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The proposed Insurance & Risk Management Center at UH-Downtown has been in planning and development since March 2007 and awaits final approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The Center’s goal is to utilize a variety of educational and developmental opportunities to ensure the availability of human resources for the insurance and risk management industry, and help the industry grow its contributions to the Texas Gulf Coast economy.
The region thrives on energy, technology, agriculture, and international business and has one of the most diverse economies in the world. Each of these sectors needs insurance protection and risk management.
“In Houston, opportunities abound for careers in insurance and risk management, more than any other place in the nation,” says Donald Bates, dean of the College of Business at the University of Houston-Downtown.
Most major insurance carriers for Texas companies are located outside of the state. Since academic programs in insurance and risk management are not yet well-developed at the university level in Houston, companies are forced to look out of state for interns or entry-level employees with experience. The loss of baby boom workers also compounds the industry’s human resources problem.
Dr. Bates, working with UHD alum David De Roode, chief operating officer in Houston of BancorpSouth Insurance Services, Inc., has assembled a strong advisory board for the Center. Local insurance professionals have responded by contributing more than $340,000 for the Center’s initial operating costs.
The financial support will enable UHD to offer scholarships to any student declaring a major or minor in Insurance and Risk Management, as long as they maintain a 2.5 GPA. Corporate executives also will provide paid internships, a requirement to major or minor in the program. For further information, please contact Dr. Donald Bates, dean, 713-221-8179, or Steve Sucher, director of development, at 713-221-8288.
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Last updated or reviewed on 1/30/09