Tommy T. Martin Chair of Insurance


Dr. Dave Wood has been appointed the new holder of the Martin Chair of Insurance.



Dave WoodDr. Wood served as Joseph F. Freeman Distinguished Professor of Risk Management and Insurance at Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University (ASU). He was a visiting professor in the Risk Management and Insurance program at the University of Colorado–Denver and taught international risk management and finance courses at the Université d’Angers in France and Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences in Dornbirn, Austria. For the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research, he teaches in the Certified Risk Manager program and is an education consultant. He served as educational consultant for the Certified Insurance Counselor program.

His awards include the Walker College Outstanding Service Award; outstanding teaching awards from ASU Alumni Association and the University of North Carolina Board of Governors; education leadership awards from American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, Independent Insurance Agents’ Association of North Carolina, and North Carolina Surplus Lines Association (NCSLA); and an outstanding service award from the North Carolina Commissioner of Insurance. NCSLA named its scholarship awards in his honor.

Before his career in education, Dr. Wood worked as an independent insurance agent. He has published extensively in academic and trade journals in the areas of risk financing, solvency issues, and agency/brokerage operations. He earned his D.B.A. from Louisiana Tech University, M.B.A. from theUniversity of Mississippi, and B.B.A. from Delta State University.

About the Chair

The Martin Chair of Insurance was founded by a group of alumni and friends to upgrade and enhance the insurance curriculum at MTSU. It was named in honor of Thomas T. Martin, a Murfreesboro insurance agent who was a highly successful underwriter for almost 60 years.