Sentry Insurance Gifts Million to Grow Data Science

P&C insurer Sentry Insurance, located in Stevens Point, Wisc., has donated $4 million to the University of Wisconsin campus in its hometown with the goal of growing data analytics talent. The gift, which is the largest Sentry has ever made, endows two faculty positions. The Sentry Insurance Endowed Chair in Computational Analytics will be part of the Computing and New Media Technologies Department. The Sentry Insurance Endowed Chair in Business Analytics will be part of the School of Business and Economics. “Sentry needs employees with both of these business and computational analytics skills,” the company wrote in an announcement. “Interviews with local employers from retail, manufacturing, health care, agriculture, insurance and software development industries in 2015 revealed a growing data analytics talent gap in the region.” The faculty will support…


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