Maguire Academy of Insurance and Risk Management


William L. Roberts
Executive Director, Maguire Academy of Insurance & Risk Management

The Bowie State University Maguire Academy of Insurance and Risk Management leads the development of a robust program in insurance and risk management education. The program prepares students of all majors to enter a fast-growing career field. The academy hosts symposiums with industry leaders and networking opportunities that allow students to build relationships with professionals that can lead to internships, mentorships, job prospects and careers.

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The Maguire Academy strives to create a comprehensive learning environment that introduces students to new and exciting systems, broadens their intellectual curiosity and provides a unique perspective on real-world concepts of risk management and insurance.



Maguire Academy Pillars for Success



    The Maguire Academy for Insurance & Risk Management, housed in the College of Business, coordinates with faculty to develop and deliver courses and other educational programs on identifying, assessing and controlling financial, legal, strategic and security risks affecting organizations of all types.

    The academy also works to create an interdisciplinary ecosystem that integrates an understanding of the principles of insurance & risk management into instruction across disciplines, including economics, finance, management, data analytics and information technology.



    The Maguire Academy partners with leading companies and associations in the risk management and insurance industry and builds relationships that support its developmental goals. Through these connections, highly skilled individuals have been recruited to the academy’s board of advisors, to be featured speakers at symposiums and workshops, guide development of the academy and to connect Bowie State University students to internships and jobs.


    Student Engagement

    In addition to career opportunities, the Maguire Academy focuses on helping students develop the foundation for the principles of risk management and insurance, estimated to be a $29 Billion industry in the next 3 years. RMI will cover every aspect of risk and insurance, and a comprehensive knowledge of assessing risk is a valuable life skill for students across all majors.


    Professional Network 

    Bowie State University will serve as a creative center where professionals can connect and discuss new developments concerning risk management and insurance and better advise policymakers to mitigate risk at all levels. Through connections with industry leaders, Bowie State Students will be able to learn why RMI is the hidden jewel of professional industries.

Maguire Academy Leadership

  • William L. Roberts is the Executive Director of the Maguire Academy for Insurance & Risk Management at Bowie State University. He joined the university in 2023, to establish the Academy of Insurance & Risk Management, and create a curriculum for a Bachelor of Science degree in Insurance & Risk Management.

    Before arriving at Bowie State University, Roberts worked at American Water Works Company, where he managed strategically placed professionals who covered property, auto, casualty, workers’ compensation, and employment claims and litigation on a national level. He has served as managing director at Risk & Claims Management Consulting and provided expert solutions for public, private and non-profit organizations.

    Roberts was also Assistant Vice President and Director of Corporate Risk Management for Lincoln Financial Group in Radnor, Pennsylvania, from 2001 to 2013. He procured over 30 insurance programs annually, including Lloyds and Bermudian Insurers, and worked at Pep Boys for over six years, managing risks and claims for 650 stores, 25,000 employees and 2,000 fleet vehicles.

    Roberts has selected a board of advisors to support the academy and continues introducing more students to a new and exciting career path.

    • William Seedes, YMCA, Chair
    • Rev. Clifford Stanley, Vice Chair
    • Aon
    • Marsh
    • Willis Towers Watson
    • Morgan Stanley
    • Nationwide Insurance
    • Travelers Insurance Co.
    • Chubb Insurance Co.
    • Liberty Mutual Insurance Co.
    • Marshall Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin, Attorneys
    • Joe Inwald, Esq.

Designed With Students in Mind


The Maguire Academy will facilitate internship opportunities that help you enter careers in, underwriting, actuary, brokering, claims, finance, corporate risk management, data analytics or information technology and more.


You get to attend talks given by the best and brightest minds in the industry and learn how they incorporate risk management techniques in their businesses and throughout their careers. 

Upcoming Event:  March 28, 2024 - Panel Discussion: Cyber/ Ransomware Claims and AI

New Insurance & Risk Management Course

The ARMI 225 "Principles of Risk Management & Insurance" course provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of risk management and insurance. It explores the various decisions risk managers are faced with, and what type of insurance solutions are available and what they cover. There are 2 real-world projects that are being explored. The course is open to all students, has no prerequisites and can be taken as a general elective.