ATLANTA–Harold Weston, a clinical associate professor of risk management and insurance at Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business, has been appointed inaugural holder of the Wholesale Specialty & Insurance Association (WSIA) Distinguished Chair in Risk Management and Insurance.
WSIA represents the wholesale, specialty and surplus lines industry. As chairholder, Weston will develop educational programming to attract students to this area of the industry, work with business leaders to develop non-degree executive offerings, and conduct applied research.
“Hal is one of the few faculty members in the nation who possess the teaching and research criteria for the WSIA Distinguished Chair in Risk Management and Insurance,” said Richard Phillips, dean of the Robinson College. “He is highly regarded as an insurance academic, recognized for his service to industry and known as a curriculum innovator.”
Prior to joining the Robinson College faculty in 2009, Weston was in private and corporate legal practice, where he advised and litigated almost all aspects of insurance coverage and “bad faith” cases, through appeals. He also was senior counsel at a major property/casualty insurer in the coverage counsel office.
Weston holds designations as an Associate in Risk Management (ARM), Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), and Registered Professional Liability Underwriter (RPLU), and has been a licensed insurance producer in California and licensed insurance counselor in Georgia. He is a past president of the CPCU Society, and serves on the external affairs committee of the Risk Management Society.
A graduate of the Emory University School of Law, Weston is a member of the bar associations of California and Georgia Bar Associations.