Gary Langsdale, ARM, DRM

(Retired) Assistant Vice President & University Risk Officer,
(Retired) Penn State University

Contact Details

(Retired) Penn State University
Spring Mills, PA 16875-8232


Past President
Distinguished Risk Manager



Gary Langsdale retired at the end of 2022 as Education Manager for the University Risk Management & Insurance Association (URMIA), where he curated professional development opportunities and offered risk solution resources for its members. He retired at the end of 2019 as assistant vice president & university risk officer for The Pennsylvania State University, a position he held since 2003, with responsibility for enterprise risk management, including operational, hazard, and enterprise risks, and as president of the University’s captive insurance company, Nittany Insurance Company. Previously, he spent 20 years in risk management leadership positions in the forest products industry, including most recently as director of risk management at International Paper Company. Mr. Langsdale has over 45 years of experience in the insurance and risk management field, contributed to numerous white papers for URMIA (and served as the organization’s president in 2012-13), and participated in the development of the ASME standard on risk assessment in higher education. In April 2009, he was recognized by Business Insurance magazine as a member of their Risk Management Honor Roll; in 2014 he was named by URMIA as a "Distinguished Risk Manager" and in 2022 he was awarded the organization’s highest honor, its “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Mr. Langsdale earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Allegheny College and holds the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) professional designation. His hobbies are saying “yes” to his grandchildren and “no” to his children.