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Former FDIC chairman to receive Distinguished Alumnus Award

August 27, 2013 | Alumni

William M. Isaac ’69, former chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. under the Carter and Reagan administrations, will be recognized by The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law during a special event Oct. 18 in Columbus.

Isaac is the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award, which is given annually to a Moritz graduate for exceptional achievement or outstanding service to Moritz or the community.

Isaac is a senior managing director of FTI Consulting and serves as Global Head of FTI’s Financial Institutions group, which provides regulatory counseling and risk management services, strategy consulting, expert testimony, and corporate governance consulting for financial institutions, law firms, and governments.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Isaac founded the Secura Group, a leading financial institutions consulting firm. LECG acquired the Secura Group in 2007, and Isaac remained with the financial services group through early-2011. Prior to forming Secura, he headed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. during the banking crisis of the 1980s, serving under Presidents Carter and Reagan from 1978 through 1985. Isaac also serves as Chairman of Fifth Third Bancorp, one of the nation’s leading banking companies.

Isaac is involved extensively in thought leadership relating to the financial services industry and provides advice to policymakers worldwide. He is the author of Senseless Panic: How Washington Failed America, which provides an inside account of the banking and S&L crises of the 1980s, compares that period to the financial crisis of 2008, and recommends reforms to prevent future crises. His articles are published in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, American Banker, Forbes, Financial Times, The Washington Times, and other leading publications. He also appears regularly on leading television and radio programs, has been a contributor to CNBC, testifies before Congress, and is a frequent speaker before audiences throughout the world.

He will be recognized during the college’s Alumni Awards Ceremony, which will be held during Reunion Weekend Oct. 18-20. For details on the awards ceremony and weekend program, click here.