Named for Alumnus
SUNY Oswego has announced the founding of a new endowed
educational center, the Gordon A. Lenz
’58 Center for Finance, Insurance and Risk Management in the School of Business.
Center will support the
first dedicated four-year program to focus on insurance and risk management
studies in the SUNY system. It will become one of only a handful of college
centers for a discipline that has increased in prominence and importance as the
nation seeks solutions to current health care issues.
Lenz is a widely known and respected insurance industry
innovator, recognized for having created affordable, comprehensive insurance
products for small businesses in New
Lenz serves as chairman and chief executive officer of both
Conference Associates, a full-service provider of group health insurance to
more than 150,000 small businesses throughout New York, and its affiliate, the
New York State Business Group, a statewide membership association of
small-business owners offering insurance and other discount benefits. Both are based
in Patchogue, Long Island.
He is also a founder and member of the board of directors of
Gold Coast Bank, headquartered in Islandia, Long Island.
He is a sought-after speaker and has written extensively on health care issues
for a variety of publications.
“It is a great privilege to support my alma mater and my
profession at the same time,” said Lenz, who has served in numerous leadership
positions in the insurance industry, including as president of the New York
State Chapter of the National Association of Health Underwriters. “Insurance,
and especially health insurance, is a critical issue in this nation at this
very moment. By raising the level of expertise of professionals in the field,
and training the next generation of financial and insurance leaders, I hope to
make a lasting improvement to my industry and everyone who is affected by it.”
SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley expressed the
college’s appreciation. “Gordon Lenz’s very generous support of SUNY Oswego in
endowing the Gordon A. Lenz ’58
Center for Finance, Insurance and Risk Management in the School of Business is
a concrete expression of his commitment to visionary leadership in the
industry, now and long into the future,” Stanley said. “Generations of students
will be inspired to embark—as he once did—on a meaningful journey to pursue a
career in insurance adhering to ethical and socially responsible standards. His
name will be an honored legacy at SUNY Oswego.”
Dr. Richard Skolnik, dean of Oswego’s
School of Business,
said the Lenz Center will support a wide variety of
potential areas, such as student education, continuing professional education,
faculty research, diversity initiatives, community outreach, and social
responsibility and ethical training in risk management and insurance. The risk
management and insurance major at Oswego
was established in 2009.
“We are truly grateful not only for Mr. Lenz’s generosity
and support for SUNY Oswego’s outstanding business program, but also for his
commitment to improving the performance of our students, who are increasingly
called on to understand the complexities of insurance in the workplace,”
Skolnik said. “We are proud to offer the first baccalaureate program in risk
management and insurance in the SUNY system and now the first named center in
our highly regarded business school.”
In addition to founding Conference Associates and New York
State Business Group, Lenz serves as chairman and CEO of Cue Brokerage Corp., a
commercial property and casualty insurance agency. Lenz has been actively
involved in many industry groups, including the Professional Insurance
Marketing Association and the Long Island Association of Insurance and
Financial Advisors, which in 2008 recognized him with the prestigious Rudy R.
He is on the board of directors of Gold Coast Bank, the
Thomas Hartman Foundation for Parkinson Research, the Insignia Insurance Co.
and the Digital Stone Fabrication Co. He previously served as president of the
Suffolk County Life Underwriters and on the board of the American Medical
Gordon A. Lenz ’58
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