Committees



Much of the work of the University Risk Management and Insurance Association is done through volunteer-based committees. URMIA has several standing committees including the Executive Committee of appointed officers of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors may from time to time create and appoint other committees or task forces to undertake studies, make recommendations, and carry on functions to promote the mission of URMIA.

Organizational Chart of URMIA's Committees, Board, and Staff

Affiliates Committee

The Chairperson of the Affiliates Committee shall be an Affiliate Member and shall be appointed to serve for a three (3) year term. Affiliate Member representatives employed by the same firm are prohibited from serving consecutive terms as Chairperson of the Affiliates Committee. The Affiliates Committee shall include at least eight (8) individuals, including the Chairperson, representing different Affiliate Members, and the President-Elect as the Board Liaison. The Affiliates Committee is responsible to further enhance perceptions, relationships, and communications between the Corporation's Institutional Members and Affiliate Members. The Affiliates Committee will also perform such other duties which are in the best interests of the Corporation as determined and directed by the President.

 
 

Chair

Sandy Taylor

FM Global

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Board Liaison

Sam Florio

Santa Clara University

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Annual Conference Committees

An Annual Conference Committee shall consist of a chairperson or co-chairpersons and a sufficient number of individuals to successfully plan and conduct the Annual Conference. Each Annual Conference Committee is responsible for planning, organizing and administering the designated Annual Conference and will:

  • Select a city as a site for the conference and approve the specific hotel site subject to approval by the Board of Directors.
  • Organize the program for the Annual Conference, including subjects, speakers, social activities, and exhibits, in accordance with standards and criteria established by the Professional Development Committee and the Executive Director.
  • Submit a draft program and budget for the Annual Conference to the Executive Director.
  • Prepare a progress report for the Board of Directors for each of its meetings prior to the Annual Conference for which the Annual Conference Committee is responsible.
  • Prepare information about the Annual Conference and submit it for publication in the newsletter.
  • Conduct other appropriate and necessary activities to ensure the success of the Annual Conference.
 
 

2017 Co-Chair

Steve Bryant

Texas Tech University System

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2017 Co-Chair

Chauncey Fagler

Florida College System Risk Management Consortium

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2018 Co-Chair

Cheryl Lloyd

University of California, Office of the President

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2018 Co-Chair

Matthew Tuttle

University of Utah Risk and Insurance Services

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Communications Committee

The Communications Committee is comprised of an unlimited number of institutional and affiliate members. The committee is led by a chairperson(s), who works in conjunction with the communications associate at the URMIA National Office. The Communications Committee is responsible for gathering, developing, and disseminating information for URMIA members through a variety of media, including online, print, and e-mail communications. Among those responsibilities is advertising the meetings and events of the association and preparing and releasing printed publications, including the URMIA Journal and Insights newsletter. The committee also provides communications support to other committees, such as the Membership Committee’s efforts to increase membership. The Communications Committee shall also perform any other duties which are in the best interest of URMIA, as determined and directed by the president.
 
 

Co-Chair

Julie Groves

Wake Forest University

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Co-Chair

Sharon Herschlag

Safety National

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Board Liaison

Allan Brooks

Chapman University

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Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

The Diversity & Inclusion Task Force was established in 2012. In discussion with the URMIA Board of Directors on this topic, it was determined that URMIA needed to take a closer look at this topic and as an association, promote a greater understanding of why supporting diversity and fostering a culture of inclusion are business imperatives.

 
 

Co-Chair

Keswic Joiner

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

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Co-Chair

Kimberly Miller

Ball State University

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Executive Committee

See the Board of Directors.


Finance Committee

The Finance Committee shall consist of the Finance Committee chair and at least three other members. These members are appointed by the Board of Directors upon the recommendation of the President and Treasurer. The Board liaison shall be Treasurer. The committee will interact with the CPA firm conducting the agreed upon procedures for the current year, make appropriate recommendations as necessary to the URMIA Board of Directors and maintain the Financial Policies and Procedure, including signature authority for contracts and commitments by the organization. The committee is expected to report annually to the Board of Directors regarding changes made or anticipated to financial controls or policies and procedures as well as any ongoing activities that may need financial guidance.
 
 

Co-Chair

Susan Liden

Pacific Lutheran University

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Co-Chair

Minette Ellis

Georgia State University

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Board Liaison

Tish Gade-Jones

Nebraska Wesleyan University

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Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee

In addition to its Chairperson, the Government & Regulatory Affairs Committee shall consist of at least four (4) Members plus a liaison from the Board. The Government and Regulatory Affairs Committee will monitor federal legislation and regulatory rule-making for items of interest to the Corporation’s membership, shall coordinate with URMIA staff to keep members informed of laws and rules proposed and under revision, and may from time to time recommend a formal comment to the regulatory body on such topics for action by the Executive Committee. The Chairperson will compile a current list of all items under review by the Committee, and shall present a report to the Board of Directors at its spring and fall meetings.

 

Co-Chair

Sally Alexander

Colorado State University

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Co-Chair

Leta Finch

Aon Risk Solutions

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Board Liaison

Cheryl Lloyd

University of California, Office of the President

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Honors Committee

The Honors Committee shall consist of a Chairperson who is a senior Member of the Corporation with membership tenure of at least ten (10) years and who has served on the Board of Directors. The Honors Committee shall also consist of an Emeritus Task Force with at least three Institutional Members with membership tenure of ten (10) years or longer, and a Distinguished Risk Manager Task Force with at least three (3) Members who, if possible, have earned the Distinguished Risk Manager designation.

The Emeritus Task Force will solicit nominations for emeritus recognition of qualified retirees from the general membership, in the time period beginning after the fall meeting. It will determine if the nominated retirees meet the qualification for emeritus recognition, without limit of number in any given year, and present the names of qualifying retirees to the Board of Directors at any meeting for Board approval. Upon approval of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will prepare a certificate of recognition with a cover letter for the President's signature. The Distinguished Risk Manager Task Force will solicit nominations for Distinguished Risk Manager recognition from the general membership in the period after the spring meeting. It will determine, from among the nominations, if any nominees qualify for this recognition based on qualifications established by the Board of Directors. If more than one (1) nominee qualifies, the Distinguished Risk Manager Task Force will select no more than two (2) nominees for this recognition. The selection is not subject to any other approvals and will remain confidential until recognition ceremonies at the annual membership meeting at the fall conference.

 

Co-Chair

Anita C. Ingram

University of Cincinnati

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Co-Chair

Gary W. Langsdale

Pennsylvania State University

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Inter-Association Alliances Committee

The President shall appoint a Chairperson and one (1) co-chairperson to the Inter-Association Alliance Committee (IAAC). A maximum of four (4) committee members may be appointed by the Chair(s). The Executive Director of URMIA shall serve as the Board Liaison to the Committee. The IAAC will serve to advance the reputation and visibility of URMIA through partnerships and alliances with other associations that have impacted the field of higher education risk management. The IAAC will determine a strategic approach to the development of these relationships, the execution of agreements and the delivery of its resources. The IAAC will collaborate with respective URMIA committees when applicable in order to achieve synergy.

Charge: To increase recognition of URMIA as the primary resource for higher education risk management through emphasizing partnerships with other professional organizations.

 
 

Co-Chair

Paul D. Pousson

Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services

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Co-Chair

Margaret Tungseth

Hamline University

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Staff Liaison

Jenny Whittington

URMIA National Office

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International Committee

In addition to its Chairperson, the International Committee shall consist of at least four (4) individuals plus a liaison from the Board. The International Committee will expand outside our domestic borders to build alliances with international partners that influence risk management practices internationally, explore and expand opportunities to represent URMIA internationally as thought leaders, support increase in international membership and continue to enhance URMIA's library with relevant international content. The Chairperson will compile a list of all items under review by the Committee, and shall present a report to the Board of Directors at its spring and fall meetings.
 
 

Co-Chair

D. Jean Demchak

Marsh USA Inc.

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Co-Chair

Michael Histed

University of Ottawa

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Board Liaison

Michael J. Gansor

West Virginia University

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Membership Committee

The Membership Committee shall consist of at least three (3) individuals in addition to the Chairperson. The Membership Committee is responsible for reviewing any membership applications that are presented by the Chairperson and for evaluating membership performance and making reports on such at each business meeting. The Membership Committee will work with the Executive Director (and those he or she designates) to conduct the following activities:

  • Review membership applications to determine if the applicant meets membership qualifications using the criteria set forth in these Bylaws.
  • Those applications that the Membership Committee deems need further consideration, or do not meet current membership requirements, will be sent to the Board of Directors for review, action or approval. The President will advise the Chairperson of the ultimate decision of the Board.
  • Notify the Board if any Member is subject to forfeiture of its membership, using the criteria set forth in these Bylaws.
  • Plan and implement a membership development program to include recruitment and retention.
 
 

Co-Chair

Melissa Diaz

University of San Francisco

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Co-Chair

Stacie Kroll

Five Colleges, Inc.

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Board Liaison

Kimberly Miller

Ball State University

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Leadership Development Committee

The Leadership Development Committee shall consist of the immediate past President who will serve as the Leadership Development Committee Chairperson, two (2) directors, and three (3) other individuals.

The Leadership Development Committee will not have a board liaison and will solicit nominations for President, President-Elect and for membership on the Board of Directors and prepare a ballot for membership vote prior to each annual business meeting. The Leadership Development Committee Chairperson must assure that each person nominated will accept nomination and is willing to serve in the office for which he/she is being nominated. Any Member in good standing may propose any other eligible Member in good standing for nomination for any appropriate office, provided that said Member agrees to the nomination. The Leadership Development Committee will also perform such other duties which are in the best interests of the Corporation as determined and directed by the President.

 
 

Chair

Donna McMahon

University of Maryland, College Park

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Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee shall consist of at least four (4) individuals in addition to the Chairperson.

The Professional Development Committee will provide professional development opportunities in risk management for member representatives through information and training programs related to risk management in higher education. The Professional Development Committee will organize and present regional seminars based on a plan and budget approved by the Board of Directors and provide guidance and support to the Annual Conference Committees.

 
 

Co-Chair

Ruth Rauluk

Point Park University

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Co-Chair

Brenda Tappan

United Educators Insurance

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Board Liaison

Luke Figora

Northwestern University

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Scholarship Committee

The Scholarship Committee shall consist of at least four (4) individuals in addition to the Chairperson or Co-Chairs. The Scholarship Committee will administer and award various scholarships including, but not necessarily limited to, scholarships for members to attend URMIA conferences and student educational scholarships. The Scholarship Committee will manage the budget for scholarships as approved by the Board of Directors.
 
 

Co-Chair

Joyce Fred

Tulane University

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Co-Chair

Marjorie F.B. Lemmon

Yale University

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