Carla Ahrens honored with Outstanding Service Award from higher education compact
CHICAGO, IL; MINNEAPOLIS, MN; and JEFFERSON CITY, MO — Carla Ahrens, risk manager for the State of Missouri, received the Midwestern Higher Education Compact’s (MHEC) Outstanding Service Award on November 16, during the commission’s annual meeting in Chicago. The award recognized Ahrens for providing exemplary leadership, committing to the Compact’s principles, securing participation in the Compact’s programs and services, and increasing visibility for the organization.
Ahrens was nominated by fellow colleagues for her contribution to MHEC’s property insurance program – the Master Property Program (MPP).
“Carla has consistently been able to represent Missouri’s state institutions, in addition to assuming the role of advocate for all institutional participants in our property insurance program,” said Larry Isaak, MHEC president. “We are pleased about the recognition she is receiving for her service to this committee.”
She has been involved from the beginning of the property insurance program and served on the Leadership Committee since 1998 chairing the MPP Leadership Committee (2007-09), serving on the MPP Underwriting Subcommittee (since 2007), and chairing the annual Loss Control Workshop Planning Subcommittee (1998-2007, 2011-13).
“To me, Carla is the heart and soul of this program,” stated Missouri Senator David Pearce. “Her involvement in this program has resulted in benefits for not only our Missouri institutions but nationally. I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of this award.”
The MPP is a nationwide program currently insuring over $105 billion in values at over 160 campuses. Coverage and service are the hallmarks of this property insurance program. Leadership Committee members are focused on a program that is tailored to higher education focusing on strategic growth, program stability, and creating value for all of the institutional participants.
"It is a true honor and privilege to receive the MHEC Outstanding Service Award,” said Ahrens. I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with the MHEC Master Property Program for more than 20 years, and have enjoyed being a part of this program from its humble beginnings to the premier property program it is today.”
The Midwestern Higher Education Compact is a nonprofit regional organization assisting Midwestern states in advancing higher education through interstate cooperation and resource sharing. MHEC seeks to fulfill its interstate mission through programs that expand postsecondary opportunity and success; promote innovative approaches to improving institutional and system productivity; improve affordability to students and states; and enhance connectivity between higher education and the workplace. Member states are: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. www.mhec.org
PHOTO: Mr. Larry Isaak, MHEC president; Ms. Carla Ahrens, risk manager for the State of Missouri; Mr. Tom Clayton, director of insurance & risk management for Johnson County Community College and chair of the Master Property Program Leadership Committee; and Missouri Senator David Pearce, MHEC chair-elect.
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