Michael L. Tipsord (’84) to give 2013 Convocation Address

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Michael L. Tipsord (’84), vice chairman and chief operating officer of the State Farm Insurance Companies, will deliver the 2013 College of Law Convocation Address. Headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois, State Farm is a Fortune 50 company and the nation’s largest insurer of homes and automobiles.

A native of Illinois, Mr. Tipsord received his bachelor’s degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and his law degree from the College of Law.  Since joining State Farm in 1988, he has served in a variety of capacities, including director of accounting, assistant controller, vice president and treasurer, and senior vice president. Mr. Tipsord was named vice chairman and chief financial officer in 2004 and assumed his current position in 2011. He is a certified public accountant, and has earned both the chartered property casualty underwriter (CPCU) and chartered life underwriter (CLU) designations. A member of the American Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association, Mr. Tipsord currently serves on the boards of the Brookings Institution, Illinois Wesleyan University, and Navigant Consulting. A past recipient of the College of Law’s Distinguished Alumni Award, he is a member of the College’s Dean’s Advisory Board and has endowed the Michael L. Tipsord Scholarship at the College.

Among the College’s alumni, our speaker has distinguished himself at the heights of corporate leadership – all the while, remaining connected to his east central Illinois roots.