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Susan B. Watson, MS, FSA

Assistant Professor of Practice in Actuarial Science, Director School of Actuarial Science and Risk Management

Susan is an Assistant Professor of Practice in Actuarial Science at Drake University.  She also directs Drake’s School of Actuarial Science and Risk Management.  Susan has built successful careers in academia, the insurance industry, and the not-for-profit sector ranging from Program Director, Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Actuary to founder of a multi-agency non-profit service organization in the Des Moines metro area.  Susan holds degrees from Drake, Texas A&M, and Bethel Universities and is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.  She participates on several boards in the community and is an active member of numerous professional and civic organizations.

Contact Information

Phone: 515-271-1897
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office: Aliber Hall


Masters of Divinity, Bethel University

Masters of Science, Statistics, Texas A & M

B.S.B.A., Actuarial Science, Drake University

Areas of Expertise

  • Life Insurance and Annuities
  • Risk & Capital Management
  • Financial Reporting‌
  • Reserving
July 8, 2018
Robert D. Ray, BN'52, LW'54, died on July 8. Governor Ray proudly served as Iowa’s 38th governor and, later in his career, as the 11th president of Drake University, from April 1998 to May 1999.