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Master of Science in Risk and Insurance
Master of Science in Risk and Insurance

MSRI Faculty

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A defining characteristic of Butler’s Master of Risk and Insurance is our experienced faculty, who bring years of real-world experience to the topics they are teaching both on-campus and online.

Zach Finn

Zach Finn is Clinical Professor and Director of the Davey Risk Management and Insurance Program at the Butler University College of Business. Previously, he was Risk Manager for The J.M. Smucker Company in Orrville, Ohio, where he managed the Corporation’s risk management program, including global insurance program design and placement, successfully settled several large claims (largest $17M+), and oversaw insurance due diligence and integration for nine major mergers and acquisitions, including the $3.3 billion acquisition of Folgers Coffee.

Leveraging his experience at Smucker, Zach continues to provide Product Recall Crisis Response and Pre-Incident Training Services for numerous small, medium, and Fortune 500 food and beverage clients across the United States and Canada.

Prior to joining Smucker, Zach worked in the Risk Management Departments at NCR Corporation in Dayton, Ohio and Hillenbrand Industries (Hill-Rom) in Batesville, Indiana (including a successful rotation as Hillenbrand’s benefits manger).

Zach has published articles on several topics, including product contamination risk, protecting corporate goodwill and brand equity, enterprise risk management, and risk management consulting.  

Zach received his bachelor’s degree in Insurance and Risk Management from Indiana State University, a master’s in Risk Management and Insurance from Florida State University, and the Associate in General Insurance (AINS) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM) professional designations from the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters.

Victor Puleo

Victor Puleo is the Davey Chair of Risk Management and Insurance in the Lacy School of Business at Butler University. He earned a doctorate in Risk Management and Insurance at Florida State University. Victor has articles published in the Journal of Insurance Issues, Risk Management and Insurance Review, Managerial Finance, and Best's Review.

Victor is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Financial Planner™ Certificant. He is an Educational Consultant (1994) and National Faculty Member (2008) for the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors. Victor is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of The National Alliance Research Academy.

Prior to being named the Davey Chair of Risk Management and Insurance, Victor was an Associate Professor of the nationally ranked Insurance and Risk Management program at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA). Students from UCA were the first in the country to be conferred the University Associate Certified Insurance Counselor (UACIC) designation. The UACIC designation was created to give college students pursuing an Insurance and Risk Management undergraduate degree the opportunity to attain a new level of professionalism through advanced practical education while in college. This designation is a program of the National Alliance Research Academy.

Craig Caldwell

Since 2007, Craig has served as an Associate Professor of Management in the Lacy School of Business at Butler University. He is currently the Associate Dean of Graduate and Professional Programs. He teaches MBA and undergraduate courses in Strategy, Leadership, and Organizational Change. Craig has won six teaching awards and two advising awards. He is the Chair of Graduate Council and his past roles include the Faculty Annual Evaluation Committee and Department Chair for Marketing and Management.

Craig’s consulting and executive education activities focus on strategy development, leadership, and organizational change. He has worked with client firms in logistics, manufacturing, food service, life-sciences, and architecture. In addition to strategy development, Craig's leadership works include human capital strategy, employee engagement, and building high-performance teams.

Craig's research includes academic articles in Business and Society, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, The Monitor, Business and Society Review, Management Accounting Quarterly, and Journal of Corporate Citizenship.

Craig holds a doctorate from University of Pittsburgh, an MBA from Virginia Tech, and a bachelor’s degree from Anderson University.