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Hanover Stone Establishes Higher Education Practice; Names Ellen Shew Holland as Practice Leader
NEW YORK, June 28, 2018 - Hanover Stone Partners, a risk management services firm with expertise in a broad range of critical risk disciplines,  today announced it has established a national Higher Education practice and appointed Ellen Shew Holland, a prominent university risk management professional, as practice leader. 
"As private and public colleges and universities in all parts of the country wrestle with a wide range of strategic challenges, they also must navigate an increasingly complex web of risk issues, often with limited internal resources," said John J. Kelly, founder and CEO, Hanover Stone Partners. "With Ellen's direction, Hanover Stone Partners will focus on assisting higher education clients with a range of their strategic and critical operational risk management issues."

"Across the field of higher education in the U.S. today, success and survival depends not only on having the right strategy, but also on being able to understand and manage a growing array of risk issues, some of which can have significant life safety, reputational and financial consequences for an institution, its students, faculty, staff and alumni," said Ms. Shew Holland. "I'm looking forward to working with members of the Hanover Stone Partners team to support higher education executives and risk management professionals to anticipate, prepare for and manage the myriad of unique and challenging exposures confronting their institutions today."  
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Based in Dallas, TX, Ms. Shew Holland will lead a practice that will focus on providing a wide range of risk support services to private and public colleges and universities, including assistance with the design and implementation of strategic and enterprise risk management initiatives including resilience, as well as focused consulting on cyber-risk assessments bridging efforts in this area with IT professionals.
Previously, she was associate vice president and chief risk officer for Southern Methodist University (SMU), a position she held since 2014. In this role, she provided executive-level leadership for the strategic risk management and insurance program, resilience and crisis management, and the environmental health and safety programs.

Earlier, as chief risk officer for the Oregon University System (OUS), she created the first self-insured risk management program for the state's seven public universities in 2012, which subsequently became the Public Universities Risk Management & Insurance Trust (PURMIT).

Prior to that, she was director for Risk Management at University of Denver from 2000 to 2012. She began her risk career as the Loss Control/Database & Business Continuity Manager at Georgetown University.

Ms. Shew Holland is a distinguished risk manager, past president, board member and finance chair of the University Risk Management & Insurance Association (URMIA). Throughout her career, she has been active in RIMS, the risk management society and was a past chair of the annual conference programming committee. She is also a member of the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics.

Ms. Shew Holland earned a M.S. degree in finance from the University of Denver, a B.S. degree from Purdue University, and the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) professional designation. She is currently completing work to attain the Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP) designation.
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Hanover Stone Partners is the first network of recognized and accomplished risk management advisors and specialized risk management services firms. The firm assembles multi-disciplinary, cross-industry teams that work collaboratively to help clients identify, analyze, manage and finance enterprise risks. This comprehensive approach offers clients the advantage of superior risk management advice and risk management services, delivered more economically. Hanover Stone Partners evaluates existing risk programs, guides enterprise risk management initiatives, implements new strategies, and provides unbundled services that help clients reduce the total cost and volatility of risk, protect earnings, and preserve liquidity for their enterprises. 

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