Professor of Insurance & Risk Management:
Neil A. Doherty has been designated the Frederick
H. Ecker Professor of Insurance and Risk Management,
effective July 1, 2003. He has been a part
of the Wharton faculty since 1986. Prior to that,
Dr. Doherty held academic appointments at the University
of Illinois, University of Alberta and University
2003, Dr. Doherty was named chairperson of Wharton's
Insurance and Risk Management department. He
teaches Wharton's core managerial economics classes,
as well as an elective in corporate risk management.
Dr. Doherty's teaching has been recognized with several
prestigious teaching awards while at Wharton. Dr.
Doherty also continues his work as the editor of Geneva
Papers on Risk Insurance Theory.
Doherty's research during the past year has continued
to focus on the structure of the life insurance industry
and its performance after the tragic events of September
11, 2001. He co-authored a paper examining
how different firms faired after this event.
Frederick H. Ecker Professorship is awarded to faculty
with extensive research in Insurance and Risk Management.
The Ecker Professorship was established in 1958 by
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in honor of their
former president and chief executive officer. The
gift was made in honor of Frederick H. Ecker's 75
years of distinguished service with the company,
later as honorary chairman.