NAMES FIRST DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR IN INSURANCE
Mary A. Weiss will play key role in the new
for Insurance Policy and Research
MINNEAPOLIS (June 13, 2009) - Mary A. Weiss,
Ph.D., has been selected as the National Association of Insurance
Commissioners' (NAIC) first Distinguished Scholar in Insurance
Regulation. This new appointment by the NAIC signals an increasing
emphasis toward enhancing its research capabilities in insurance
"We are excited to enrich our resources with the addition of such
a respected scholar," said Therese (Terri) Vaughan, Ph.D., NAIC
Chief Executive Officer. "Dr. Weiss's expertise in solvency
regulation, risk-based capital standards and risk management will be
particularly valuable as we pursue the NAIC's Solvency Modernization
Weiss has been the Deaver Professor of Risk, Insurance and Health
Care Management at Temple University since 2001. She will play a key
role in the Center for Insurance Policy and Regulation, leading the
NAIC's ongoing effort to understand the impact of the current
financial turmoil on the insurance industry and its implications for
insurance regulation. In addition to engaging other scholars in
ongoing research efforts, Weiss will give presentations and seminars
to NAIC members and the industry. She will also be responsible for
establishing and managing a research program and hosting an
Insurance Regulation symposium.
"I am eagerly looking forward to playing a lead role in the
NAIC's enhanced academic engagement in the regulatory field," said
Weiss. "I believe this role will provide productive opportunities
for scholastic research that will reinforce the importance of
During her career, Weiss has conducted exhaustive research in
various areas, including the property-liability insurance industry,
reinsurance and auto insurance. In addition to serving as editor of
Risk Management and Insurance Review, she has been the
Associate Editor of the Journal of Risk and Insurance since
1998. Weiss holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Risk and Insurance from the
University of Pennsylvania.
About the NAIC
Formed in 1871, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners
(NAIC) is a voluntary organization of the chief insurance regulatory
officials of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S.
territories. The NAIC has three offices: Executive Office, Washington,
D.C.; Central Office, Kansas City, Mo.; and Securities Valuation Office,
New York City. The NAIC serves the needs of consumers and the industry,
with an overriding objective of supporting state insurance regulators as
they protect consumers and maintain the financial stability of the
insurance marketplace. For more information, visit www.naic.org.
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