The Katie School of Insurance was established in 1991 as a living memorial to Mary Katherine - "Katie" - who was the daughter of an Illinois State University alumnus who died at the age of 2½. The founding director of the Katie School is Professor Andrew T. Nappi, for whom the Andrew T. Nappi International Study Grant was established.
The Katie School sponsors the Executive Forum, continuing education courses and seminars, executive development programs and research that help advance the industry in Illinois and the nation. Industry leaders who represent national and regional legal, financial, and insurance organizations serve on the school's Insurance Advisory Board of Executives.
The Katie School supports the insurance and financial services industry by providing talented, well-prepared students for careers in the industry. The Katie School provides a student-centered educational environment to enable students to develop the skills, risk management and insurance knowledge, ethics, technological competency, and attitudes necessary to succeed in the insurance and financial services industry. The Katie School supports lifelong learning for students, faculty, and industry professionals.
The Katie School seeks to be the premier undergraduate insurance and risk management program in the nation in the education of future industry leaders through industry involvement, innovative teaching, cutting-edge applied research, and student-centered learning. The Katie School seeks to add value to the industry by providing high quality graduate and professional education.