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Dave Wood, Chairholder, Tommy T. Martin Chair of Insurance.

Middle Tennessee State University’s insurance program was ranked best in the nation among industry professionals, according to a survey by the global ratings agency A.M. Best.

MTSU’s No. 1 ranking was highlighted in an article for the A.M. Best Best’s Review magazine. It outlined how the Jones College of Business Risk Management and Insurance Program transitioned from a concentration to a full major four years ago when MTSU professor Dave Wood came to the university as the new Martin Chair of Insurance.

“We’ve been the best kept secret,” Wood told the publication. “But we’re trying to change that. The secret, it seems, is out.” 

Jones College Dean David Urban said the ranking is a testament to Wood’s leadership in growing the program by engaging industry influencers like A.M. Best, a credit rating agency that uniquely focuses on the insurance industry.

Best’s Review survey of asked carriers, readers, and other insurance professionals which programs “are doing the best job preparing students for careers in the industry.”

Of the 444 votes cast, MTSU received 62 (14 percent). Most of MTSU’s votes came from within Tennessee, the article notes that nearly 70 percent of its votes came from industry professionals with no affiliation with the school.

“The fledgling program was hailed for the real-world experience it provides students, from offering a study abroad program in London to coordinating not only internships but also part-time jobs for them within the industry,” the article states.

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