I.I.I. president leaving to teach in South Carolina

Insurance Information Institute President Robert Hartwig is leaving the New York City-based organization to join the faculty of the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business, the I.I.I. announced today.

Hartwig became president of the I.I.I. in 2007.

“My decision to leave the institute was an extremely difficult one. I love this job, this industry and the daily thrill and privilege of working with amazing people both at the organization itself and throughout the I.I.I.’s membership,” Hartwig said in the announcement. “At the same time, I have throughout my 23-year career in the insurance world always maintained strong ties to the academic community. After 18 years at the institute, now is the right time for me — both personally and professionally — to make a change. I am truly looking forward to my next important role — attracting and educating young talent to this vitally important industry.”

Robert HartwigHartwig was I.I.I.’s chief economist before becoming its president. Before joining the institute, he held a number of key roles at Swiss Re, the National Council on Compensation Insurance and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

He will become a faculty member in the University of South Carolina’s Finance Department in August. The department is part of the Columbia, S.C.-based university’s Darla Moore School of Business. The University of South Carolina has one of largest undergraduate risk management and insurance programs in the United States.

Hartwig will teach courses in risk management, insurance and corporate finance, including courses in the MBA program. He will also become co-director of the Moore School’s Risk and Uncertainty Management Center.

Hartwig received his Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“Bob Hartwig has done an extraordinary job as president of the I.I.I., and finding a successor to fill his shoes will be a daunting task,” said Bruce Kelley, president and chief executive officer of EMC Insurance Cos. in Des Moines, Iowa, and chairman of the I.I.I.’s board of directors. “Under Dr. Hartwig’s leadership, the I.I.I. bolstered its position as a thought leader in the industry and expanded dramatically the audiences who have access to the I.I.I.’s award-winning editorial content, data and subject matter expertise. More than ever before, the I.I.I. is excelling in its mission to improve the understanding of insurance — what it does and how it works.”

Members of the I.I.I.’s board will serve as part of a search committee to find the I.I.I.’s next president, Kelley said.

Related: Hartwig named to IICF National Board of Governors

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