The Year That Was: 2019

The American College of Financial Services
December 13, 2019

This was a momentous year for The American College of Financial Services in many ways. We cut the ribbon on a new building, reimagined academics by adding a provost to our staff, hit a milestone of 2,000 CAP® designees, and raised enough money at Clambake to provide 200 veterans with scholarships in 2020.

As we prepare for the New Year, we present a look back at the biggest moments from The American College in 2019. Among them are events that furthered our mission and involve our students, alumni, faculty, and staff who have helped shape our year.


The Cary M. Maguire Building Ribbon Cutting & Alumni Open House

This summer, The College moved from its longstanding home in Bryn Mawr, PA, to The Cary M. Maguire Building in King of Prussia, PA. The Maguire Building, which was dedicated on June 19, boasts new technology, an open floor plan, and a more collaborative learning experience for The College’s faculty and staff, along with the six Centers of Excellence. There are also more modern classrooms for student cohorts who study on-campus. 

The College hosted its first Alumni Open House on the new campus in September, where the 2019 Alumni Hall of Fame award was presented to Joel A. Shapiro, CLU®, ChFC®, MSFS.  


First-Ever Provost  

While The College’s address has changed, what hasn’t changed is our focus on academic excellence and our drive to benefit society. President George Nichols III is focused on enhancing the academic and student experience at The College, and as part of this hired our first-ever Provost, Chad Patrizi, PhD. As The College’s chief academic officer, the Provost drives innovation and collaboration across all educational offerings—ensuring The College maintains its position as the leader in financial services education. Read the full press release here.


14th Annual Conference of African American Financial Professionals (CAAFP)

The 14th annual CAAFP conference was held in downtown Atlanta in August, where over 500 financial professionals gathered for two days of workshops and networking. The CAAFP focuses on addressing the wealth gap in African American communities, with a mission to advance and foster professional relationships and development among African Americans working in the financial services industry.


CAP® Designee Milestone

Our Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) program hit a milestone this year by reaching 2,000 designees. The world needs experts who can maximize the impact of philanthropy and make our communities better places to live for future generations.

Learn more about the CAP® program here.


6th Annual Clambake

Now in its sixth year, The Clambake fundraising event continues to transform the lives of our active duty service members, veterans, and their spouses by raising money for full scholarships for professional designations and degree programs offered by The American College. The event raised enough funds to provide 200 active service members, veterans, and their spouses with scholarships in 2020.

Another key component of the event is The American College Soldier-Citizen Award ceremony, celebrating the sacrifice, service, and selflessness of its recipient with a patriotic salute. This year’s honoree was General Jack M. Keane, USA (Ret.).

If you’re interested in donating to the scholarship fund or want to learn more, click here.   


Commencement & Knowledge Summit

We had an incredible time at Knowledge Summit 2019 in San Diego, topped off with an inspirational graduation ceremony featuring our commencement speaker, Ben Nemtin of The Buried Life. We couldn’t be prouder to celebrate our designation graduates and their families for all their hard work. We wish you abundant success in your future!  


President’s Dinner

The yearly President’s Dinner was filled with celebration and gratitude for our loyal and passionate donors whose generosity throughout the year has greatly impacted our students and society. We continue to honor Dr. Huebner’s vision while challenging ourselves to innovate our curriculum to meet the expanding and complex needs of society. We are focused on diversifying the financial services profession to better reflect the communities that rely on the support of our alumni and partners to thrive.

President's Dinner 2019: Leading a Second Century of Success from The American College Studios on Vimeo.

The 2019 Solomon Huebner Gold Medal was given to Fred Jonske, FSA, for his leadership in the financial services profession and dedication to furthering the mission of The American College. Learn more about Fred and the Huebner Gold Medal here

For the fourth year, The American College of Financial Services honored five of the brightest young leaders in financial services who represent the future of financial planning. This group of young men and women received the 2019 NextGen Financial Services Professional Award for making a significant impact in their professions. Meet the new leaders to be watching in the New Year.