Mathematics faculty

Michael Brannon, B.S., FCAS, MAAA, CPCU, ARe

Lecturer in Actuarial Science

B.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Michael Brannon is an assistant vice president-reinsurance and a senior associate actuary at Great West Casualty Company in South Sioux City, Nebraska. He has taught actuarial science courses at Northwestern College since 2005.

Brannon is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he majored in mathematics and minored in actuarial science and English. He is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA), a Chartered Property-Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS), an Associate of Reinsurance (ARe), an Associate of Insurance Management (AIM), and a Specialist in Transportation and Risk (STAR).


  • Actuarial Modeling I

    Actuarial Modeling I

    This course is an introduction to the study of contingent payment models. Topics include: economics of insurance, individual risk models, survival distributions and life tables, benefit reserves, multiple life functions, multiple decrement models and introductory loss models.Prerequisite: MAT416.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)
  • Actuarial Modeling II

    Actuarial Modeling II

    This course continues Actuarial Modeling I and concentrates on loss models. Topics include: frequency and severity, aggregate loss models, discrete and continuous time ruin models, construction of empirical models, parameter estimation and model selection.Prerequisite: MAT430.(3 credits, alternate years, consult department)


  • Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society
  • Member of the American Academy of Actuaries
  • Silver Creek Township Board


  • University Liaison for the Casualty Actuarial Society
  • Charter officer of the Central States Actuarial Forum (treasurer, 2000-04)
  • STAR course presenter for CT-100 and CT-500 - Experience Rating, Umbrellas, Reinsurance
  • Mentor to five Great West employees
  • United Way "Loaned Executive" for Great West, 2005
  • Presenter at the Casualty Ratemaking Seminar, 2001
  • Taught CPCU preparation courses, 2000, 2001, 2003