David Marlett, PhD, CPCU

Managing Director of the Brantley Risk & Insurance Center

IIANC Distinguished Professor of Insurance

  • B.S., Florida State University
  • Ph.D., Florida State University

David Marlett is a Professor of Risk Management in the Department of Finance, Banking and Insurance.  He holds the IIANC Distinguished Professorship and serves as Managing Director of the Brantley Risk and Insurance Center.  He joined Appalachian State University in 2003 and has served as Department Chair for eight years and Faculty Director for the Wilson Scholars Program for two years.  David is on the Board of Directors for the Invest program and chaired the Loman Advisory Committee for the CPCU Society. Both are national organizations that focus on improving the financial literacy of young adults.

During his time at Appalachian State, David has been an engaged member of the campus community.  He has served on numerous College of Business and university committees, most notably the University Athletics Council for over a decade. While on the Athletics Council, he participated in subcommittees focusing on equity and student-athlete quality of life. David has served as Faculty Advisor for Gamma Iota Sigma for many years and led student travel to dozens of conferences and industry events.  

David has received several awards and recognitions during his tenure at Appalachian State, most notably the Walker College of Business Service Award and the Inspiring International Leaders Award.  He has also been recognized multiple times as a “most memorable professor” by graduating seniors at the annual College of Business Honors Ceremony. 

David has taught courses in Risk Management and Insurance for over twenty-five years, starting at Florida State University while in the doctoral program.  Prior to graduate school, David worked as a commercial lines underwriter for USF&G in Tampa. He has previously taught at Illinois Wesleyan University and Old Dominion University.

David and his wife have three children and have cared for over a dozen foster children. He is an advocate for foster care and worked with state legislators to enact the Foster Care Family Act in 2015. 


FIN 3100 - Principles of Risk & Insurance; FIN 3600 - Personal Insurance; FIN 4800 - International Insurance Markets

Title: Managing Director of the Brantley Risk & Insurance Center , IIANC Professor of Insurance
Department: Department of Finance, Banking and Insurance

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 260-5289

Fax: (828) 262-2925

Office address
3055 Peacock Hall