American Academy of Actuaries to Honor Ken Kent With Jarvis Farley Service Award

September 13, 2017
WASHINGTON—The American Academy of Actuaries will present Kenneth A. Kent, MAAA, FSA, FCA, EA, of McLean, Va., with the prestigious 2017 Jarvis Farley Service Award at the Academy’s Annual Meeting and Public Policy Forum, Nov. 14–15, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

“I am delighted to announce that the Jarvis Farley Service Award will be presented to Ken Kent, a dedicated Academy volunteer with a deep record of accomplishments and well-deserved reputation for effectiveness benefiting the profession,” said Academy President Bob Beuerlein. “Ken has untiringly led and been part of many of the Academy’s most mission-critical volunteer efforts, in both the public policy and professionalism spheres. Through leadership and unwavering personal dedication, he has made well-informed, responsive approaches to the real-world needs of the profession, the public, and other stakeholders a priority.”

Kent’s extensive Academy volunteer service includes serving as vice president of professionalism, vice president of pension, and serving as chairperson of the Joint Committee on the Code of Professional Conduct, of the Para-Actuary Task Force, and of the Public Plans Subcommittee.

“Ken’s diligence and effectiveness in these positions and as a speaker, author, Board member, and member of other committees and councils since the early 2000s has consistently earned the praise of colleagues and reflected the spirit of the Farley award,” said Beuerlein.

“This is a great and unexpected honor that I share with the many other dedicated actuaries with whom I have had the pleasure of volunteering over the years,” said Kent. “My attraction to volunteering and participating has always been fueled by the incredible opportunity to meet and work collaboratively with other actuaries. It is so much more valuable to grow a career being exposed to the diverse views of actuaries from different disciplines, practices, and countries.”

The Jarvis Farley Service Award honors actuaries whose volunteer efforts on behalf of the Academy have made significant contributions to the advancement of the profession. The Academy established the award in 1991 to honor one of its most dedicated volunteers, Jarvis Farley, a charter member of the Academy and an invaluable resource for the profession. Learn more about the award and its past recipients at

The American Academy of Actuaries is a 19,000-member professional association whose mission is to serve the public and the U.S. actuarial profession. For more than 50 years, the Academy has assisted public policymakers on all levels by providing leadership, objective expertise, and actuarial advice on risk and financial security issues. The Academy also sets qualification, practice, and professionalism standards for actuaries in the United States.