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Christine Berry, Ph.D.
Director, ULM Insurance Studies Program

Dr. Christine Berry joined the University of Louisiana at Monroe in August 2001 and is currently an Associate Professor of Risk Management and Insurance and Director of the Insurance Studies program one of only 42 in the U.S. Dr. Berry served on the Louisiana Insurance Rating Commission from 2004 through its abolishment at the end of 2006. Her work calling for the LIRC’s abolishment was published in the CPCU eJournal.

From 2005 to 2010, Dr. Berry worked on various research projects for the Louisiana Department of Insurance including an extensive study of insurance premium tax revenues and the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on Louisiana premium tax revenues. In 2007 she served on the Property and Casualty Insurance Commission and as the Chair of the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana which then administered the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. Her research findings on insurance taxation have been published in the NAIC’s Journal of Insurance Regulation.

Since 2010, Dr. Berry has been working with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center under a grant provided by the Small Business Administration to study the condition of risk management among small businesses in Louisiana and to provide training and education to small businesses across the state.

Prior to joining ULM, Dr. Berry was a Risk Management Consultant and later the Director of Education with Reinsurance Brokers E. W. Blanch and Benfield Group in Minneapolis, MN and Dallas, TX. Berry was also an Assistant Professor of Insurance at St. Cloud State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in finance from West Virginia University Berry and Ph.D. in Risk Management and Insurance from Florida State University. Berry also earned the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, the Associate in Risk Management and the Associate in Reinsurance designations.

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09/16 - Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System

How well is the state’s public school system really performing?

One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.

The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.

“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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