Iowa State's College of business appoints The Principal Financial Group faculty fellow

AMES, Iowa --An Iowa State University College of Business professor of finance has been appointed the Principal Financial Group Faculty Fellow. The fellowship is for a five-year term that began July 1.

Mark Power's appointment to the Principal Financial Group Faculty Fellowship recognizes his research record, service to the college and university, and commitment to teaching excellence in finance.

The fellowship was established in 1998 by Iowa State alumnus David Drury, retired chairman, president and chief executive officer of The Principal, based in Des Moines.

"We are grateful to David Drury for establishing the Principal Financial Group Fellowship," said Labh Hira, dean of the College of Business. "Benefactors like Drury provide our college with much needed financial support for our faculty and illustrate their belief in our programs."

Power came to Iowa State in 1983. He researches in the areas of risk management, insurance and corporate finance. He has studied the impact of regulatory oversight on retirement plans and insurance products, state mandatory health benefits regulation, the effects of managed care on employer-sponsored medical expense plans, insurance company ratings/operating performance, and outside director pensions and corporate governance.

At Iowa State, Power has been awarded the Dean's Advisory Council Award for Overall Excellence and the Outstanding Article of the Year Award. Student Advisory Council awards include Outstanding Advisor of the Year and Outstanding Teacher of the Year. In September 2003, the Iowa State University Alumni Association presented Power with the Citation for Faculty Service, for inspiring service to students, alumni, the university and the profession. He also has been awarded The Journal of Risk and Insurance Outstanding Feature Article Award for his article on private retirement plan growth, and in December 2003, he received the Southern Finance Association's "Outstanding Paper in Corporate Finance" for his co-authored paper on outside director pensions and corporate governance.

He is a member of the American Risk and Insurance Association, the Western Risk and Insurance Association, and the Southern Risk and Insurance Association.

Power received his bachelor's of science in finance in 1974 from Iowa State; a master's of business administration in 1977 and a doctorate in philosophy in 1981, both from The University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Power is the second Principal fellow. The first was Cynthia Campbell, associate professor of finance.

About the Principal Financial Group

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