New York Life awarded The American College $5,000,000 to establish a new 12-course Professional Doctorate in Business Administration. The American College will begin accepting applications for the Ph.D. program in October.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school and meet other qualifying requirements. Once students are accepted, The College will identify two cohort groups, each made up of 15 people, who will move through the coursework together on a mutually supportive basis. One cohort group would begin studies every six months and the first residency is currently scheduled for July 2013. Doctoral scholars will participate in three one-week residencies at The American College’s campus in Bryn Mawr, Pa., as well as at least one intensive debrief with faculty prior to their dissertation defense. Students are required to complete one course per quarter online over 12 quarters in addition to the residencies.
For more information about the Ph.D. program, contact Nancy Krapf at 610-526-1202 or visit www.TheAmericanCollege.edu.
In other industry news:
The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian) added six regional practice leaders to its Group Benefits sales team.
The new team members will work side by side with Guardian sales teams to educate and train sales representatives and brokers in the products and processes unique to the market and be the “go to” worksite benefits subject matter expert for Guardian Group Sales.
Lars Borssen will serve as regional practice leader, Worksite Markets – North Division, serving Boston, Hartford, upstate New York and Pittsburgh regional offices. Borssen comes from UNUM and has 10 years of experience in the worksite/voluntary benefits and financial services industries, with extensive knowledge of brokerage sales and sales operations.
Alan Crawford will serve as regional practice leader, Worksite Markets – East Division, supporting New York City metro and mid-Atlantic regions. He brings more than 24 years of experience, including leadership and management positions with USI and American Fidelity.
Jerry Horton will serve as regional practice leader, Worksite Markets – West Division, supporting Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri Valley. Horton has 15 years of worksite and voluntary benefits experience, most recently serving as a leading senior manager with Assurant.
Kevin McNamara will serve as regional practice leader, Worksite Markets – North Division, supporting the Great Lakes, Michigan, Ohio Valley and Cleveland with more than 12 years of experience in the worksite/voluntary benefits market. McNamara most recently led Innotech/Willis’ client services division.
Joe Quintana will serve as regional practice leader, Worksite Markets – West Division, supporting the Pacific Southwest, Pacific Northwest and Mountain West. Quintana brings 19 years of worksite and voluntary benefits industry experience as a territory manager with Colonial Life.
Timothy Weeden will serve as regional practice leader, Worksite Markets – East Division, supporting Georgia/Carolina’s, Florida and the Southern region. Most recently with Colonial Life and much of his career spent with AIG Benefit Solutions, he brings 19 years of experience to the job with a track record for successful development of voluntary benefits’ sales representatives.
Symetra Life Insurance Company appointed Jeff Farmer as eastern region sales vice president for the company’s Benefits Division.