Campus News: Alumna Receives Fellowship of the Society of Actuaries

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Alumna Receives Fellowship of the Society of Actuaries
Olivia Webb - 3/14/2019

Lee University alumna Brittany Deaton recently received her Fellowship of the Society of Actuaries (FSA).


Deaton currently serves as director of the Anaplan Center of Excellence for Unum, a Fortune 500 insurance company based in Chattanooga.


According to the Society of Actuaries (SOA), an actuary measures and manages risk. Actuaries work in a variety of fields, such as banking, insurance, and investments. They use their knowledge of mathematics, statistics and business management for enterprise risk management, predictive analytics, and more. 


Obtaining this fellowship required Deaton to pass eight exams that took a total of 30 hours. She started taking the exams while she was a junior at Lee. According to the SOA, the average time to complete the requirements is about eight years.


“I passed every exam on the first attempt, which helped me get through the requirements in only five and a half years,” said Deaton. “I spent hundreds of hours studying to prepare for the exams.”


Originally from Ooltewah, Tennessee, Deaton graduated from Lee in 2014 with her bachelor’s degree in mathematics with an emphasis in actuarial science and minors in accounting and finance. She began working at Unum in 2014 as an actuarial intern.


In 2017, she was part of a team building models using a cloud-based financial planning and reporting platform called Anaplan. In 2018, she acted as lead model builder, a role in which she helped lead the building of three new models for Unum. 


At the end of last year, Unum established a team dedicated to Anaplan called the Anaplan Center of Excellence, of which Deaton was named the director shortly after its inception. She now directs multiple employees and interns with the goal of building, enhancing, and maintaining the models created to assist in the financial analysis and decision making processes at Unum.

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