John Hancock Honors Margaret Bradshaw, CLU, at The American College

The American College, the nation’s leading financial services educator, announced today that an academic office on its in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania campus has been named in honor of Margaret I. Bradshaw, CLU, by the John Hancock Life Insurance Company. John Hancock is honoring Bradshaw for her pioneering role in insurance and her years of exemplary service to the company. Bradshaw, who celebrated her 100th birthday this year, was one of the first women to ever earn the Chartered Life Underwriter professional credential and the first woman in Rhode Island to attain a CLU. She was a well-respected insurance professional who taught the CLU curriculum at a time when nearly all the students were men.

BRYN MAWR, PA (PRWEB) July 5, 2005 -- The American College, the nation’s leading financial services educator, announced today that an academic office on its in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania campus has been named in honor of Margaret I. Bradshaw, CLU, by the John Hancock Life Insurance Company. John Hancock is honoring Bradshaw for her pioneering role in insurance and her years of exemplary service to the company. The office dedication ceremony recently took place in MDRT Foundation Hall.

Bradshaw earned her Chartered Life Underwriter™ (CLU®) designation from The College in 1931. “When I began in the insurance field, none of the general agents had CLUs and they didn’t have an appreciation for the designation. It’s different today,” said Bradshaw.

Bradshaw, who celebrated her 100th birthday this year, was one of the first women to ever earn the professional credential and the first woman in Rhode Island to earn a CLU. She was a well-respected insurance professional who taught the CLU curriculum at a time when nearly all the students were men.

Bradshaw developed a reputation as an effective salesperson, and was offered a position with John Hancock at a time when there were very few women in the field. Throughout her professional career she excelled in areas where many of her male counterparts did not.

“We thank John Hancock for its support of the American College and join them in honoring Margaret. Her trailblazing spirit advanced the presence and acceptance of women in the financial services industry and elevated recognition of the significant business contributions women make to the productivity and profitability of companies,” said Dr. Larry Barton, President and Chief Executive Officer for The American College.

James M. Benson, CLU, President and Chief Executive Officer of John Hancock Life Insurance Company participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony honoring Bradshaw.

“At John Hancock, we have had the honor of Margaret’s leadership and presence for many years,” said Benson. “It is only fitting that we reflect some of that honor back to her, while we support The American College which has so enriched our industry.”

A sundial garden on the campus also was dedicated to Bradshaw in September of 2004. It serves as a symbol of her love for The American College. “The American College has been instrumental in making insurance a profession,” said Bradshaw.

John Hancock is a wholly owned subsidiary of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and most of Asia, and primarily through John Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners.

John Hancock, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers a broad range of financial products and services, including whole life, term life, variable life, and universal life insurance, as well as college savings products, fixed and variable annuities, long-term care insurance, mutual funds and various forms of business insurance.

The American College is the nation’s leading non-profit educator of professionals in the insurance and financial services industry. Located on a 35-acre campus in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, The College is a public charity that serves over 35,000 students annually, predominantly on a distance education basis.

The American College offers an array of specialized designation programs, Master of Science degrees in several disciplines and customized continuing education programs for those pursuing a career in financial services. For more information, visit www.TheAmericanCollege.edu.

Contact:
Jeremy R. Branch
Public Relations
The American College
(610) 526-1453

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