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Laureen Regan, Fox School Associate Dean, passes away

Laureen-ReganDr. Laureen Regan, an Associate Dean and Associate Professor at Temple University’s Fox School of Business, died March 5. She was 52.

Regan served in a variety of capacities during her 23-year tenure at the Fox School. Most recently, she was Associate Dean of Fox’s MBA Programs and its suite of Specialized Master’s Programs. She also served as an Associate Professor within Fox’s Risk, Insurance, and Healthcare Management program.

“Laureen was a significant, respected, and beloved member of the Fox family,” said Dr. M. Moshe Porat, Dean of the Fox School. “I have fond memories of her, dating back to 1993. This was when I first met her, as the chair of the Risk department, and hired her to a faculty position. At this time, my thoughts and prayers are with her husband, their daughter, and her family and friends.”

Regan’s teaching portfolio included courses in the Fox School’s undergraduate, Global MBA, and Executive MBA programs on four continents. She also held visiting research fellow appointments at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Financial Institutions Center and Georgia State University.

Regan received recognition by the Fox School on multiple occasions for her contributions in the classroom. In 2008 and 2011, she was named MBA Faculty of the Year. She also twice received the Crystal Apple Award for Outstanding MBA Teaching, in 2009 and 2011. She was honored as the 2009 recipient of the Musser Award for Excellence in Teaching, as well.

In her field, she sat on the academic advisory board for the Registered Professional Liability Underwriters designation granted by the Professional Liability Underwriters Society. She also served as President of the American Risk and Insurance Association (ARIA), the leading academic research organization in her field of study.

Dr. R.B. Drennan, Chair of Fox’s Risk, Insurance, and Healthcare Management department, has known Regan since they were doctoral students together at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

“Laureen was a talented and gifted teacher who commanded respect in the classroom,” said Drennan. “She and I once co-taught a larger section of an undergraduate course, and I was a first-hand witness to her energy and activity in the classroom. Her students raved about her. Additionally, she was well accomplished and made a number of significant contributions in her time as ARIA president. She was one of the leaders in our department here, and she will be missed greatly.”

Her research in insurance economics, risk management, and public policy garnered a number of national awards, most notably in 1999 when she received the James S. Kemper Foundation Award from the American Risk and Insurance Association. In 2008, her work earned best feature article designation from the Risk Management and Insurance Review.

Regan earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. She later earned her Master of Arts degree and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania – the latter in Managerial Science and Applied Economics, with a specialization in Insurance, Risk Management, and Industrial Organization.

She is survived by her husband, Paul, and their daughter, Rowan.