Builders CEO and Wife Launch a New Fund for Academic Excellence at Appalachian State University’s Brantley Risk and Insurance Center

By May 13, 2024News

Every Builder on our growing team believes in investing in the next generation of insurance leaders through education.

One of the great academic pioneers in this bold vision is Appalachian State University and their Brantley Risk and Insurance Center, a team of insurance professionals focused not only on insurance education, but also on connecting students with the industry, providing student access to opportunities, supporting research, providing continuing education programs, and educating the public on the importance of insurance. And in order to achieve these goals, the center forges strategic alliances with corporate partners willing to lend their resources and real-world experience to the cause.

“This chance to help advance the risk management program’s fantastic work through the new Fund is a unique opportunity to give back to a place that has given so much to us.”

-Todd Campbell, President & CEO of Builders

In that spirit, on April 29th, Todd Campbell, Builders President and CEO, along with his wife Laurie Campbell, visited Brantley Risk and Insurance Center to commemorate the establishment of the Laurie and Todd Campbell Fund for Academic Excellence. The Campbells’ new fund was accompanied by Builders becoming a corporate sponsor of the Brantley Risk and Insurance Center through a $10,000 gift. The Campbell Fund for Academic Excellence will ensure the Brantley Risk and Insurance Center has the financial resources to recruit and retain high-quality faculty, and for their parts, Laurie and Todd had plenty to say about the new fund and why they want to give back.

“Laurie and I are honored to support the faculty and staff of the Brantley Center at the Walker College of Business through the new Campbell Fund for Academic Excellence,” Todd stated. “Being a Boone, North Carolina native, I’ve had so many of my siblings attend ASU and even a mother who was a secretary on campus for two decades. And so being an Appalachian State alumnus and deeply involved in the university over the years has certainly been a meaningful part of our lives. This chance to help advance the risk management program’s fantastic work through the new Fund is a unique opportunity to give back to a place that has given so much to us,” Todd warmly concluded.

Todd and Laurie were joined by two of our fellow Builders; Clinton Deas, former Appalachian State basketball stand-out and current Inside Sales Executive, alongside Brion Burris, Vice President of Sales and Distribution. After a lively networking social with students, Laurie and Todd presented their donation to commence the establishment of their new fund while Clinton added Builders to the Strategic Partners wall. After the event concluded, Todd visited Dr. David Marlett’s International Insurance Markets course to help prepare a group of students for their upcoming study abroad program in Bermuda.

“This will greatly benefit the students in the RMI program and beyond by retaining the high-quality faculty teaching our insurance courses.”

– Dillon Waschenbach, Associate Director of Brantley Risk and Insurance Center

“Builders is thrilled to be a new strategic partner with the Brantley Risk and Insurance Center at Appalachian State University,” Brion affirmed. “As one of the premier risk management and insurance schools in the country, we’re excited about the opportunity to further support the school’s educational endeavors to build the next generation of insurance professionals. We look forward to a strong partnership with both the faculty and students here.”

Dillon Waschenbach, Associate Director of Brantley Risk and Insurance Center, voiced his support for the new fund and what it signifies. “We, in the Brantley Risk and Insurance Center, thank Laurie and Todd for creating the Fund and their generous support of our faculty. This will greatly benefit the students in the RMI program and beyond by retaining the high-quality faculty teaching our insurance courses,” Dillon acknowledged.

For Builders, this new Fund reflects our ongoing strategy of uplifting young talent in the insurance industry, as reflected in their support for the James Eunice Charity Fund and in supporting minority scholarships at Florida State University. Moving forward, this strategic partnership with Appalachian State University will foster talent, open access and opportunities, and further cement Builders’ reputation as a locally invested player in the communities we serve.

About the Brantley Risk and Insurance Center

Appalachian State University maintains the sixth largest insurance program nationally and has been ranked second in the nation by AM Best, the world’s largest credit rating agency specializing in the insurance industry.

The Brantley Center enhances the academic experience by providing space and staff to assist students interested in the RMI program with networking, job placement, and faculty engagement. It provides students with opportunities for scholarships, international and domestic travel, and professional designation and licensing programs. The center brings industry leaders to classrooms, fosters research and faculty development, assists the insurance industry with continuing education programs, and helps educate the public about the insurance industry.

Learn more at https://insurance.appstate.edu.