The American College of Financial Services has promoted Mark McLennon, adjunct professor of business planning, to the position of director of the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) education program and assistant professor of business planning, the college announced earlier this week in a news release.

“Our CLU program couldn’t be in better hands,” said Chad Patrizi, executive vice president and provost at the American College of Financial Services, in the news release. “Mark has been an exemplary faculty member and a great asset to the college family for years.”

Prior to his new appointment, McLennon taught the CLU, Master of Science in Financial Services (MSFS), and the Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) programs, while also managing an independent consulting practice.

As part of his new responsibilities, McLennon will lead the modernization of one of the oldest and most respected credentials in financial services by taking charge of the college’s cornerstone educational program.

The CLU credential gives graduates an in-depth understanding of the practical, legal and ethical aspects of life insurance, as well as expertise in providing the best solutions to a modern and diverse clientele.

McLennon, who obtained the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) credentials from the college, also received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Marquette University, and a Juris Doctorate from Northern Illinois University College of Law. 

The American College of Financial Services, located in King of Prussia, Pa., was founded in 1927, the is the nation’s largest nonprofit educational institution devoted to financial services, educating one in five financial advisors across the United States.