John E. Watson is the executive director of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.'s Higher Education Practice. He is a national resource dedicated to working exclusively with AJGs higher education clients in the development and implementation of cost effective risk management programs. Prior to joining Gallagher in 2003, Mr. Watson was the founding director of risk management for Pepperdine University, a position he held for 16 years. In addition to serving on the URMIA Board of Directors for 12 years, he is a recipient of the Distinguished Risk Manager designation. He has served on the United Educators Risk Management Advisory Council, UEs Brokers Advisory Council, and the Board of Directors of College Liability Insurance Company (CLIC).