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The Ronald H. and Mary E. Simon Lecture Series

The Ronald H. and Mary E. Simon Actuarial Science Lecture was established in 2011 to honor the deep commitment of the Simon family to Michigan State University, and to serve as a global platform to attract top actuarial faculty members and students to its growing actuarial science program.

Ron Simon earned his degree in mathematics from Michigan State University in 1967. His career spanned 44 years at Auto-Owners Insurance Company where he held the position of CEO until his retirement. Ron and Mary Simon recognize the value of education gained at MSU. It is with this recognition that the Ronald H. and Mary E. Simon Endowment for Actuarial Science was established and this lecture is presented.

The inaugural Simon lecture was delivered in spring 2012 by Emiliano A. Valdez, professor of actuarial science in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Connecticut. His presentation was on “Longitudinal Modeling of Claim Counts Using Jitters.”

In fall 2013, Professor Elias Shiu of the University of Iowa delivered the second Simon lecture on the topic of “Variable Annuities” to a full capacity audience.

In fall 2014, Karen Clark, president and CEO of Karen Clark & Company, was the Simon lecturer, delivering an evening keynote address on “Catastrophe Modeling: How it’s Evolved and Where it’s Going.” In addition to the evening reception and keynote, the series expanded in year 3 to become a daylong event that now includes an afternoon session comprised of a public presentation by the Simon lecturer and presentations given by current students on their research projects in actuarial science.

We invite you to join us for the upcoming Ronald H. and Mary E. Simon Actuarial Science Lecture on Oct. 25, 2018. The keynote speaker will be Stephen Kolk, ACAS, MAAA, Data Scientist at Kolkulations LLC.

For more information on making a gift to the Ronald H. and Mary E. Simon Endowment for Actuarial Science, contact Denise Benington at or call (517) 884-7662.