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UMW’s Executive-in-Residence Emphasizes “Leadership with Heart” During Two-Day Visit

UMW's Executive-in-Residence Thomas P. Nerney (right) spoke to leaders and community members at business breakfast

For Thomas P. Nerney, University of Mary Washington’s 2012 Executive-in-Residence, business is about putting the heart first, with a clear focus on the people in the organization and an emphasis on company culture.

Nerney, chairman, president and chief executive officer of United States Liability Insurance Group (USLI), spoke to about 100 regional business leaders and community members at a business breakfast on Friday, March 23 at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center. John F. Chappell, former chairman of worldwide pharmaceuticals for SmithKline Beecham, served as a moderator.

“We create a team culture,” Nerney said of USLI. “We wake up every day with the goal of being the best we can be.”

During the two-day Executive-in-Residence program, Nerney met with students, alumni, faculty and community members to share his experience at the helm of an A++-rated Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary.

In the course of the breakfast, Nerney explained how the company focuses on cultivating a positive environment for its 700 employees.

“‘Leadership with heart’ comes down to the principle that every decision you make, you own,” he said.

Nerney spoke to two business classes on Friday, March 23

Nerney also shared his message with UMW business students during two class sessions.

“You shouldn’t just jump in feet first,” he said of beginning a career, “You should jump in heart first.”

Established in 1989, the Executive-in-Residence program is coordinated through the UMW College of Business and the Division of Advancement and University Relations.  Since its inception, the program has brought 40 well-known and established business leaders to the university.

Thomas Nerney to Serve as Executive-in-Residence

Thomas P. Nerney

UMW’s 2012 Executive-in-Residence Thomas P. Nerney will visit the Stafford and Fredericksburg campuses on Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23 as part of the Executive-in-Residence program. The program gives UMW students the opportunity to interact with prominent leaders of the corporate world and to enhance their knowledge about the free-enterprise system.

Nerney has been the chairman, president and CEO of the A++ rated United States Liability Insurance Group for more than 15 years. During his visit to UMW, Nerney will interact with students, faculty, staff, alumni and local business leaders.

While on the Fredericksburg campus, Nerney will give several presentations for students, faculty and staff. No registration is required to attend.

On Friday, March 23 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and from 11 to 11:45, Nerney will present “Driving Success Through a People-Focused Organization” in Monroe Hall, room 116.

He will present a career forum, “Planning Career Development and Understanding the Importance of Corporate Culture,” at 2 p.m. in the Jepson Alumni Executive Center. The career forum is open to UMW alumni, as well as students, faculty and staff.

During his visit, Nerney also will participate in several invite-only receptions, presentations and discussions with UMW alumni, students and regional business leaders. More information about the Executive-in-Residence program and schedule details can be found at

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Nutting will visit the university’s Stafford campus on Wednesday, November 10 and the Fredericksburg campus on Thursday, November 11. During his residence, he will meet with faculty, staff and students, as well as speak to regional business leaders during a community breakfast.