Officers and Directors

Stephen Fier
Virginia Commonwealth University

First Vice President
Courtney Baggett
Troy University

Second Vice President
Annette Hofmann
University of Cincinnati

David Pooser
East Carolina University

David McCarthy
University of Georgia

Immediate Past President
Jill Bisco
Illinois State University

Marc Ragin (2024)
University of Georgia

Boyi Zhuang (2024)
University of Alabama

Past SRIA Presidents

Ken Black1968 – 1969Georgia State University
Ray Solomon1969 – 1970Florida State
Bill Dotterweich1970 – 1971Tennessee
John Stinton1971 – 1972South Carolina
Linda Fletcher1972 – 1973Louisiana State
Bob Cline1973 – 1974Florida
Stuart Schwarzschild1974 – 1975Georgia State University
Finley Lee1975 – 1976North Carolina
Travis Pritchett1976 – 1977South Carolina
Bob Marshall1977 – 1978Florida State
Susan Phillips1978 – 1979Iowa
John Lewis1979 – 1980Florida State
Larry Gaunt1980 – 1981Georgia State University
Jerry Todd1981 – 1982Texas
Jim Trieschmann1982 – 1983University of Georgia
Claude Lilly1983 – 1984Florida State
John Thornton1984 – 1985University of North Texas
Bruce Palmer1985 – 1986Georgia State University
Joe Johnson1986 – 1987North Carolina – Greensboro
Richard Corbett1987 – 1988Florida State
George Flanigan1988 – 1989North Carolina – Greensboro
Sandra Gustavson1990 – 1991University of Georgia
Phyllis Myers1991 – 1992Virginia Commonwealth
E. G. Miller1992 – 1993Virginia Commonwealth
Harold D. Skipper, Jr.1993 – 1994Georgia State University
Larry A. Cox1994 – 1995University of Georgia
Jack Nelson1995 – 1996College of Insurance
Helen Doerpinghaus1996 – 1997South Carolina
Robert E. Hoyt1997 – 1998University of Georgia
Carol A. B. Jordan1998 – 1999Northeast Louisiana University
David D. Wood1999 – 2000Appalachian State University
Kevin L. Eastman2000 – 2001Florida State University
Pat F. Maroney2001 – 2002Florida State University
Brenda F. Wells2002 – 2003University of North Texas
John Bratton2003 – 2004University of Central Arkansas
David Sommer2004 – 2005University of Georgia
Lee Colquit2005 – 2006Auburn University
Bill Ferguson2006 – 2007University of Louisiana-Lafayette
Randy Dumm2007 – 2008Florida State University
Karen Epermanis2008 – 2009Appalachian State University
Kathleen McCullough2009 – 2010Florida State University
Ryan Lee2010 – 2011University of Calgary
Cassandra R. Cole2011 – 2012Florida State University
Lars Powell2012 – 2013University of Arkansas — Little Rock
Andre Liebenberg2013 – 2014University of Mississippi
Faith Neale2014 – 2015UNC Charlotte
David Eckles2015 – 2016University of Georgia
Lorilee Medders2016 – 2017Florida State University
Joe Ruhland2017 – 2018Georgia Southern University
Kevin Gatzlaff2018 – 2019Ball State University
Charles Nyce2019 – 2020Florida State University
Mary Kelly2020 – 2021Wilfrid Laurier University
Brad Karl2021 – 2022Florida State University
Jill Bisco2022 – 2023Illinois State University

Officers Duties


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Preside over the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors.
  • Preside over the Business Meeting scheduled during the Annual Meeting.
  • Host President’s reception at the Annual Meeting.
  • Coordinate the responsibilities of the Officers and Directors.
  • Appoint committees as needed.

Action Dates

  • February
    • Collaborate with the Second Vice President to establish an Annual Meeting Program Committee.
  • May
    • Determine the members of the nominations committee. The chair of the committee is the Immediate Past President.
    • August
    • Advertise to ARIA, WRIA, and other organizations to encourage their members to attend the SRIA Annual Meeting.
  • November
    • Remind officers and directors of time and place of Board of Directors’ meeting.
    • Notify candidates of election results. Invite new officer(s) and directors to the Board of Directors meeting.

First Vice President

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assume duties of President in the event of resignation or incapacity.
  • Obtain token of appreciation for outgoing President.
  • Present token of appreciation at the Annual Meeting.
  • Solicit donations (primarily from academic sources).

Action Dates

  • December
    • Complete hotel arrangements with the selected hotel for next year’s Annual Meeting.
    • June
    • Solicit donations, forward checks to the Treasurer. Confirm hotel arrangements and pricing.
  • October
    • Confirm prices for luncheon, breaks, AV equipment, etc. and transfer information to Treasurer so that meeting budget can be prepared. Get room assignment names and final list of contributors and give to Second Vice President for final program preparation.
  • November
    • Meet with hotel personnel the day before the Annual Meeting to review room assignments, breaks, audio visual needs, and the luncheon arrangements. Check meeting rooms before and at the beginning of each session to make sure that setup is correct.
  • December
    • Settle the account with the hotel at the completion of the Annual Meeting. Forward final bill to Treasurer so that final financial report of the Annual Meeting can be prepared.

Second Vice President

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the call for papers for the Annual Meeting.
  • Construct the program and assemble presentations for the Annual Meeting.
  • Coordinate the needs of the program for the Annual meeting with the First Vice President who is responsible for interacting with the hotel.
  • Identify alternative hotels for the site of the next Annual Meeting.
  • Negotiate Annual Meeting arrangements for next year’s Annual Meeting.

Action Dates

  • February
    • Contact potential hotels in the city selected as the site for next year’s Annual Meeting.
    • Collaborate with the President to establish an Annual Meeting Program Committee.
  • June
    • Distribute call for papers for the next Annual Meeting.  Include the call for the doctoral papers for Harris Schlesinger Memorial Doctoral Research Award consideration.
    • Make sure hotel and registration information is posted to SRIA website.
  • August
    • Write to members encouraging attendance at the Annual Meeting.
    • Email registration information to membership. Be sure to note registration deadline and fee differences for early registration.
    • Set up meeting pre-registration system in conjunction with Secretary to provide attendance.
    • Coordinate with Treasurer for annual dues collection.
    • Paper proposals due.
  • September
    • Notify applicants regarding whether their papers are accepted.
    • Determine the moderators and presenters for the plenary and concurrent sessions.
    • Select and coordinate an unbiased committee to select the Harris Schlesinger Memorial Doctoral Research Award winner.
  • November
    • At the Board Meeting, present alternative hotels for next year’s meeting.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Maintain membership roster, including phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
  • Check the Gmail email account no less than weekly
  • Keep the files of correspondence and official records.
  • Take minutes of all meetings.
  • Collaborate with the Treasurer to compile a spreadsheet with the mailing addresses of SRIA members who paid for a printed copy of the Journal of Insurance Issues with the SRIA dues. Add to the spreadsheet the mailing addresses of supported PhD students. Send the list to WRIA by the end of January. Notify WRIA of additional JII subscriptions after submission of the spreadsheet.
  • Conduct elections, obtain nominees from the Immediate Past President.
  • Monitor the SRIA Website for content, making certain that items on the site are current and accurate.
  • Manage the SRIA membership management website.

Action Dates

  • January
    • Compile a spreadsheet with the mailing addresses of SRIA members who paid their JII subscription with the SRIA dues. Send the list to the Treasurer.
  • August
    • Send out notice of dues to members.
  • October
    • Distribute the election ballots electronically to the members.
    • Set up meeting pre-registration system and coordinate with Second Vice President to register members for the meeting, collect dues, and provide attendance information.
  • November
    • Prepare name tags for Annual Meeting registrants and plenary speakers. Prepare name tents for plenary speakers.
    • Add the newly-elected Secretary and Treasurer to the SRIA Dropbox account.
    • December
    • Update SRIA Meeting Sponsors on website
    • January
    • Transfer records to the new Secretary and distribute draft of meeting minutes to officers and board members.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage deposits and disbursements.
  • Present financial reports at the Board of Directors Meeting and the Annual Business Meeting.
  • Make payment to WRIA for JII subscription costs for SRIA members by the end of January. Make payment to WRIA for additional JII subscriptions after January as they occur.
  • Prepare receipts for conference attendees as requested.
  • Handle renewal applications of all insurance policies in force, if any, including the completion and submission of renewal applications and obtain quotes for any new policies recommended by the board.

Action Dates

  • January
  • Accept transfer of funds from prior Treasurer if necessary. (Most or all of these funds are to be deposited in an interest-bearing account)
  • Remit payment to WRIA for JII subscription costs for regular members of SRIA
  • February
  • Send out notice of dues to members.
  • March
  • File Form 990 with the Internal Revenue Service.
  • January
  • After settling the bills for the Annual meeting, transfer funds and records to the new Treasurer if needed. Prepare final report of the financial performance of the Annual Meeting. Distribute final income statement and meeting financial results to officers and board members.

Immediate Past President

Primary Responsibilities

  • If requested by the President, chair the nominations committee and produce a slate of candidates for election to the Board of Directors. If not requested to chair the committee, work with the President to ensure the committee is established and the vote remains on the appropriate timeline. Details regarding the timeline for nominations and elections are provided in Section IV of the bylaws, titled “Elections, Election Procedure, and Vacancies”.
  • If necessary and upon request of the President, serve in an open officer role whether the officer role becomes available due to the resignation or the removal of such officer. Also, to fill an open officer position as requested by the President for any other reason.

Action Dates

  • April
    • Confer with the President regarding who to invite as members of the nominations committee.
  • May
    • Confer with nominations committee regarding potential candidates for the Board of Directors.
  • July
    • Confirm with each candidate his or her willingness to participate in the election.
  • September
    • Inform the Secretary of the nominees for: President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer (when needed) and member(s) of the Board of Directors.
  • October
    • Count the ballots and inform the President of the results.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Support the officers and membership of the organization.