MARCH 10, 2004


Northeastern State to offer financial planner prgram
State Farm donates $75,000 to start only undergraduate CFP Board-registered program in OK

A Sound Investment. State Farm continues its partnership with Northeastern State University with a gift of $75,000. The funds will be used to create a financial services concentration for Northeastern finance and accounting majors. Once certified by the Certified Financial Planner Board, the program will be known as the State Farm Foundation Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Certification Program. The addition of the program means Northeastern will be able to provide the only undergraduate level CFP board registered program in Oklahoma.

“State Farm is committed to education and supporting programs that enhance our financial education offerings,” said NSU President Dr. Larry Williams. “Northeastern is proud State Farm chose this University for continued investment in educational programming and the education of State Farm’s next workforce.”

Contributions from State Farm will provide funds for NSU faculty to complete CFP certification this summer, add additional classroom equipment (laptop computers, video projector) as well as provide resources for outreach seminars and continuing education credit courses for both industry professionals and students.

The newly enhanced curriculum will offer the following classes at both Tahlequah and Broken Arrow campuses (on a rotating basis): Income Tax, Professional Financial Planning, Insurance, Investments, Retirement Planning and Estate Planning.

“We’re excited to be able to support this program and continue our partnership with Northeastern,” said Rendi Black, State Farm Vice President of Agency. “State Farm has a long standing commitment to education. We look forward to outstanding results for the CFP program and the impact it makes in educating our workforce.”

Contact: Neal Weaver, 1-918-458-2000