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Message from the Director

Welcome to the Center for Excellence in ERM.

We are growing the body of knowledge in the field of risk, enterprise risk management and board risk oversight through a combination of research, workshops, whitepapers, and conversations.

Working alongside our key partners, outstanding alumni, and business friends, we strive to bring together boards, executives, professionals, and students to discuss risk and ERM.  Examples of prior events include ERM roundtables and a CFO risk panel.

We also stay connected to various stakeholder groups to enhance our understanding of the needs of executives working in ERM. We currently volunteer for Financial Executive International (Governance, Risk and Compliance Committee and the Research Foundation), the Institute of Internal Auditors (Committee of Research Advisors), the Strategic Risk Management Committee of RIMS, and other groups, including the AICPA, IMA, and ACCA.

The Center Director was one of the original advisors on COSO’s development of the first ERM Framework. Additionally, the Center Director is currently a member of COSO’s ERM advisory Council (as COSO revises their framework).

We also offer both a MS in Enterprise Risk Management and executive education programs. The information developed for the course work is based on research and work done at more than 50 major organizations. Examples of organizations the Center Director has worked with include: Wal-Mart, Microsoft, Harley-Davidson, Raytheon, Intuit, VMWare, ADP, the United Nations, the Federal Reserve Bank, CONSOL, Highmark, Hospira, DuPont, Lego, AARP, University of Maryland, Boise Inc., University of Virginia, and several others.

Come join us as we explore the knowns and unknowns in managing organizations.

Dr. Paul L. Walker