Brenda Wells

Dr. Brenda Wells

Associate Professor and Director, East Carolina University

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Robert F. Bird Distinguished Scholar of Risk and Insurance
Associate Professor and Director
Risk Management and Insurance Program
College of Business
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: (252) 481-2777


Dr. Brenda Wells writes the risk and insurance higher education scene column for

Brenda Powell Wells holds both a bachelor of business administration and a Ph.D. in Risk Management and Insurance from the University of Georgia. She also holds the Charter Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Accredited Advisor of Insurance (AAI) designations.

Dr. Wells completed her Ph.D. in 1992 and joined the faculty of University of North Texas in September of that year as an assistant professor. In 1998, she was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor. In 2009, she moved to East Carolina University to build a new risk management and insurance program.

During her career, she has taught "Principles of Insurance," "Risk Management," "Commercial Liability Insurance," "Commercial Property Insurance," "Insurance Company Operations," "Employee Benefits and Retirement Planning," and "Senior Topics in Finance." She has also supervised countless internships and independent study projects.

She is the faculty advisor to the East Carolina University Society of Risk Management and Insurance, as well as the ECU Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She has a long history of forming, supporting, and mentoring student organizations and has a wide range of experience in public relations and fund-raising. She is the founder of the Texas Risk and Insurance Professional Society (TRIPS), a nonprofit entity that supports insurance education. She has a career fund-raising total of well over $1 million.

Also at ECU, Dr. Wells has been a member of the Professional Sports Advisory Committee, which advises NCAA-eligible athletes on their future professional sports careers.

Dr. Wells has published articles in Journal of Risk and Insurance, Journal of Insurance Regulation, Journal of Insurance Issues, CPCU Journal, Risk Management, Journal of Services Marketing, Small Business Institute Journal, and Journal of Applied Business Research. Her current research interests include business ethics, mass tort litigation in the pharmaceutical industry, the effect of marijuana legalization on the insurance industry, personnel risk management, social media, and how insurance education impacts public attitudes toward the insurance industry.

Outside of her duties in academia, Dr. Wells serves as a private consultant and corporate trainer to the insurance and risk management industry. She has also served as an expert witness and consultant on several court cases. Her consulting firm offers social media consulting, custom seminar delivery, preparation of expert opinions and testimony, continuing education course delivery, agency valuation, risk management audits, and intellectual patent application review.

Nationally, Dr. Wells is member of the Western Risk and Insurance Association (WRIA) and the Southern Risk and Insurance Association (SRIA). She is a past-president of SRIA and the 2012 president of WRIA.

Dr. Wells is a mixed media artist as well as a jewelry artist. A do-it-yourselfer, she enjoys decorating, home repair, and gardening. She has performed as a stand-up comic at the Addison Improv in Dallas, Texas, and at Hyena's Comedy Club in Arlington. She won the "Bodacious Crowd Pleaser" award at the Blue Night of the Stars Talent Show at UNT in 2007. Dr. Wells resides in Greenville, North Carolina, with her teenage son and three dogs.

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