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Samuel H. Weese

2014 Inductee

In 1988, Samuel H. Weese became president and CEO of The American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, a distance education institution for those in the financial services industry, until he retired in 2003. His 37-year career included academics, government, and business.

Sam Weese is a Morgantown native and graduated from Morgantown High School in 1953. In 1957 he earned a business degree from the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University. 

After graduation he served in the United States Air Force as an officer and flew as an aircraft navigator in the Air Defense Command. Upon completion of his military service, Sam returned to West Virginia University where he earned his MBA in 1962. He later received a three year Huebner Fellowship to the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and earned his Ph.D. in Business and Applied Economics with a specialization in insurance in 1968. 

In 1969 he was named West Virginia Insurance Commissioner, a position he held for six years. During these years he was instrumental in helping to create the West Virginia public employees group life and health insurance program and the West Virginia risk management program that protects the state's assets and liability exposures. From 1975-78 he was general manager of the National Flood Insurers Association, which was the private sector component of the original national flood insurance program. 

Dr. Weese taught at Davis and Elkins College, University of Florida, George Washington University, Hartford University, and Eastern Kentucky University. 

He and his wife Ellen live in Wayne, Pennsylvania .