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  • David Kaufman

Meet President Kaufman

  • On June 2, 2020 David L. Kaufman was named interim president of Capital University.

    Dave started his career as an actuary with Connecticut General and then as a financial analyst with Capital Holding Corporation. He joined Motorists in 1986 and has served in a number of leadership roles, including appointed actuary, mergers and acquisitions, commercial lines and information technology. Dave joined the Motorists executive leadership team as senior vice president and CIO in 2000. He was elected executive vice president by the Motorists Mutual board of directors in 2010, and then named executive vice president for all companies in the group in 2011. Dave was elected president and COO in 2012 and became president and CEO for all companies in the group a year later. 

    Dave earned bachelor’s degrees in both mathematics and economics, graduating cum laude from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1981. He was captain of the varsity basketball team and active with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After graduation, he earned the ACAS designation and is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.  Dave received the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation and is a member of the CEO Action  for Diversity and Inclusion.

    As co-chair of the Insurance Industry Resource Council (IIRC) formed by Governor Kasich, Dave led the development of insurance and risk management programs in twelve universities across Ohio. Encova established a robust internship program and a call center staffed by students at Ohio Dominican University. In addition to Encova and the IIRC, Dave holds or is transitioning out of board positions with the American Association of Insurance Services, American Property Casualty Insurers Association, TrustedChoice.com, NAMIC Property and Casualty Conference Board, Ohio Insurance Institute, and Upside4, an InsurTech startup organization. 

    Locally, Dave has served as a board member of the Columbus Partnership, the Ronald McDonald House, and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. He is the founder of Future Possibilities, a nonprofit organization that partners with the Columbus City Schools to provide life skills coaching to youth in under-served communities. His community service includes past or present board positions with the American Association of Insurance Services, American Property Casualty Insurers Association, TrustedChoice.com, NAMIC Property and Casualty Conference Board, Ohio Insurance Institute, Columbus Partnership, the Ronald McDonald House, and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

    Dave and his wife, Nan, live in Worthington, Ohio, and are blessed with three daughters, two sons-in-law, and one granddaughter. Dave and Nan are active members of All Saints Lutheran Church in Worthington and Dave has served on the board of trustees of All Shepherds Lutheran Church in Lewis Center.  He enjoys all sports and actively golfs, skis, and plays platform tennis.