Faculty Advisors



Lu Xiong is an assistant professor in actuarial science at the department of mathematical sciences, and afaculty member of the computational and data science Ph.D. program at Middle Tennessee State University. He's also a credentialed actuary who earned an associate membership of the Society of Actuaries (ASA) in 2021. His research interests are business data analytics, actuarial science, and computational science.


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Dr. Don Hong

Don Hong

Dr. Hong received his Ph.D. in Applied and Computational Math from Texas A&M University (TAMU) in 1993. Before he joined MTSU in 2005, he has taught courses in Actuarial Sciences, Mathematics, and Statistics at TAMU, the University of Texas at Austin, East Tennessee State University (ETSU), and Vanderbilt University. He has worked as an actuary intern at the Texas Department of Insurance during 1995-1996. Dr. Hong has also received job offers from AFLAC as an actuary in 2001, as well as from the University of St. Thomas as a professor of actuarial science in 2002. Dr. Hong was the Director of Actuarial Mathematics Program ETSU from 1997-2005. His research interests include Actuarial Science and Computational Statistics, Approximation Theory and Splines, Biomathematics, and Wavelets with Applications.

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Advisory Council

Our Actuarial Science program is proud to have the following Actuaries on our Advisory Council

Lauren Nikita Chrisman

ASA MAAA, Findley, A Division of USI, 5301 Virginia WaySuite 400, Brentwood, TN

Carson Cook

FSA MAAA, Manager with the Actuarial Practice of Oliver Wyman, New York, NY

Shawn A Graham

FSA, Fortitude Re, 310 Seven Springs Way Ste 250, Brentwood, TN 

Rachael Phelps

FSA MAAA, Consulting Actuary, Findley, A Division of USI, 5301 Virginia WaySuite 400, Brentwood, TN

Brent Carpenetti

ASA MAAA CERA, Hannover-Re, Orlndo, FL

Ryan Clark

ASA, Associate Actuary, Unum, 1 Fountain Sq, Chattanooga, Tennessee 

Richard Waggoner

MAAA, FSA, Aetna Senior Supplemental Insurance, Franklin, TN 

John Daniel

FCAS, MAAA, Vice President & Consulting Actuary, WTW, 26 Century Blvd, Nashville, TN

L Kevin Smith

ACAS MAAA, Caterpillar Insurance Services, 2120 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN

Joseph Michael Thomas, ASA, (Protective Life Corporation, Alabama)

Edgar W. Davenport, FCAS, MAAA, Managing Director, Willis Risk Solutions-North America in Nashville, TN

Mary Frances Miller

FCAS, MAAA, CPCU, ARe, AIM with Select Actuarial Services in Nashville, TN Jeremiah I Richardson, MAAA, ACAS, Willis North America, Nashville, TN 

Brian LePage

ACAS, MAAA, VP and Chief Actuary from Caterpillar Insurance in Nashville, TN 

Charles T Axford

MAAA, EA, FSA, Aon Hewitt, Franklin, TN 

Michelle Bradley

MAAA, ACAS, CERA, Consulting Actuary, SIGMA Actuarial Consulting Group, Brentwood, TN 

Mandy Lee Bratten

MAAA, EA, FSA, Consulting Actuary, Bryan Pendleton Swats & McAllister LLC, Brentwood, TN 

David Craug

MAAA, ASA, Actuary, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of TN 


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