King of Prussia, Pa., Feb. 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The American College of Financial Services announced a pair of newly elected officers to its board, with John Howard chosen as the new board chair and Salene Hitchcock-Gear, JD, elected as vice-chair. The two executives are joined by new board members Dr. Wallace Boston, Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson (USAF-ret), Cheri Lytle and Kristi Martin Rodriguez who collectively bring decades of experience in the financial services and leadership, and their expertise will support the College as a trusted source of applied financial knowledge and education.

“I am delighted to welcome new members to our Board of Directors and celebrate the expanding roles of our new President and Vice President who will continue to guide the American College of Financial Services in our mission to be a voice trust in a world that needs it more than ever,” said George Nichols III, President and CEO of the American College of Financial Services. “As we enter a new year, the leadership of Distinguished professionals like John and Salene will help us in our goal of providing applied financial knowledge and education to all who need it. We are committed to helping the people of our country lead lives of financial well-being, supported by finance professionals with the expertise to lead them.

John Howard is President and CEO of Truist Insurance Holdings. He is also Director of Insurance for Truist Financial Corporation and a member of Truist’s management team. A Columbia University and Duke University alumnus and United States Navy veteran, his three decades of financial services experience began at Alex. Brown & Sons, followed by positions of increasing responsibility at GE Capital. He later served as President of Pension Services at Conseco and later as President of Prudential Select Brokerage.

Howard joined Truist’s predecessor, BB&T, in 2012 through the acquisition of Crump Group, where he was chairman and CEO. In 2007, he merged Crump with the insurance and pension divisions of BISYS Group, where he was president of insurance services.

Howard is currently an Executive Sponsor of the Supporting Emergency Responders & Veterans Engagement (SERVE) business resource group at Truist. He is Vice President of The Institutes; defense chairman of the Board of Insurance Agents and Brokers; and Provost of the Maurice R. Greenberg School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science at St. John’s University. Additionally, he was Chairman of the Board of Gill St. Bernard School and a recipient of the Hall of Fame Award from the Tri-County Scholarship Fund.

“It is an honor to lead the American College of Financial Services Board of Trustees in delivering on its commitment to student success, providing relevant course materials, and discovering new solutions for financial security. “, Howard said. “The College provides the highest quality education for professionals responsible for the financial well-being of the public, and I am proud to be a part of this institution.

Salene Hitchcock-Gear, JD, is president of Prudential Individual Life Insurance, leading the unit providing competitive solutions to meet consumer needs through a diverse portfolio of life insurance products. An industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience, Hitchcock-Gear joined Prudential in 2017 as Chief Operating Officer of Prudential Advisors, the company’s national sales organization with more than 3,000 industry professionals. finance, paid financial advisors and planners who offer clients a wide range of financial solutions. She was named president of both companies in 2018. Previously, Hitchcock-Gear served as president and CEO of Ameritas Investment Corp. and President and CEO of Acacia Life Insurance Company. She represents Prudential as a director of the advisory board of the Women Presidents’ Organization, sits on the board of directors of the American College of Financial Services and sits on the life insurance committee of the American Council of Life Insurers. Hitchcock-Gear is an alumnus of the University of Michigan and New York University School of Law, holds FINRA Series 7 and 24 securities licenses, and is a member of the Bar Association of New York State.

Dr. Wallace E. Boston was named President and CEO of the American Public University System (APUS) and its parent company, American Public Education, Inc. (APEI) in July 2004. In September 2019, he was retired as CEO of APEI, and he retired as President of APUS in August 2020. During his tenure as President, APUS grew to over 85,000 students, 200 degree and certificate programs and approximately 100,000 alumni. During his career prior to APEI and APUS, Dr. Boston served as CFO, COO or CEO of Meridian Healthcare, Manor Healthcare, Neighborcare Pharmacies and Sun Healthcare Group. Dr. Boston is a Chartered Public Accountant, Chartered Management Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant. He earned an AB degree in history from Duke University, an MBA in marketing and accounting from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business Administration, and a doctorate in higher education management from the Graduate School of Education at Tulane University. ‘University of Pennsylvania.

Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson (USAF-ret) is a transformational leader with more than 30 years of success leading complex organizations on the national and global stage. Most recently, she served as senior vice president and head of officiating operations for the National Basketball Association. She served with distinction in a variety of assignments during her three decades in the U.S. Air Force and is the first female cadet wing commander to lead the U.S. Air Force Academy as the 19th superintendent, the equivalent of a university president. Prior to becoming superintendent, Johnson spent time as NATO’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Intelligence (2011-13) and served at the Pentagon as Deputy Director of the Army of air for information and cyberspace policy (2007-09) and director of public affairs (2005-07). A command pilot with more than 3,600 flying hours, she served as Air Force aide to Presidents George HW Bush and Bill Clinton from 1992 to 1994. She was the first female cadet wing commander in the Air Force. Air Force, the first female Rhodes Scholar (1981-83) and the first female inductee into the coSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame (2007).

Cheri Lytle is Managing Director and Head of Practice Management and Advisor Development at JP Morgan Wealth Management, responsible for providing practice management tools, resources and training to more than 5,000 advisors worldwide. of JP Morgan Wealth Management’s entire business. She plays a national coaching and development role in business development, business management, financial planning, investments and customer relationship management and service. Previously, Lytle served as Managing Director, Head of Strategy and Financial Advisor Development at Bank of America, Merrill Lynch. A graduate of West Virginia University, Lytle brings nearly 20 years of experience in the financial industry with demonstrated success in implementing high-impact initiatives, improving advisor practices, and leading financial organizations. mass and cultural changes.

Kristi Martin Rodriguez is Senior Vice President of the Nationwide Retirement Institute (NRI), where she reports directly to Nationwide Financial’s President and Chief Operating Officer. She advises senior management to successfully expand service offerings, accelerate business growth and align strategic goals with key organizational goals. In his more than 20 years of experience, Rodriguez has held various positions in the highly regulated healthcare and financial services industries, spending seven years at Nationwide and having previously held positions at Aetna and UnitedHealth Group. She is a graduate of Hampton University and holds a consumer marketing certification from the Kellogg School of Management Executive Education at Northwestern University.



The American College of Financial Services was founded in 1927 and is the nation’s largest nonprofit educational institution devoted to financial services. Holding the highest level of academic accreditation, the College has trained one in five financial advisors in the United States and offers two master’s degrees in financial management and services, as well as prestigious financial planning designations such as the Retirement Income Certified Professional® (RICP®), Certified Life Underwriter® (CLU®), Certified Wealth Management Professional® (WMCP®), Certified Philanthropy Advisor® (CAP®), Certified Special Needs Consultant® (ChSNC®), Chartered Financial Consultant® (ChFC®)and education leading to Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) Certification. The College’s faculty represent some of the finest thought leaders in the financial services profession. To visit and join us on LinkedIn, Twitter, instagram, Facebookand Youtube.


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