Eugene Bland is in his 10th year at TAMUCC, where he holds the position of Professor of Finance for the College of Business. Before coming to TAMUCC, Bland held the position of Assistant Professor of Finance at Francis Marion University. Bland earned his PhD in Finance from the University of Mississippi. He also holds several professional designations: Certified in Financial Management, Certified Treasury Professional, and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Bland is involved in several committees at TAMUCC and was recognized for Outstanding Service in the College of Business. His university service includes membership on the Faculty Hearing Committee/Advisory Committee pool, Academic Misconduct committee and he has served as the College of Business liaison to the Corpus Christi Estate Planning Council since 2007. He serves as the seminar coordinator for an estate planning seminar, an event attended by approximately 90 South Texas attorneys, accountants, trust officers, and insurance and other financial professionals. In the online MBA program, Bland teaches a course in Personal Financial Planning. This course deals with advising others on issues such as insurance decisions, housing financing choices, and estate planning issues.
When asked, why are you excited to be nominated, or what would you like to see happen with SEBAC? Bland responded: The System webpage indicates that SEBAC’s function is to advise “the Director of Risk Management and the Employee Benefits Manager on benefit plan design to meet the needs of employees. SEBAC studies the design and operation of the various benefit plans on an ongoing basis and makes recommendations regarding design and administration of the plans.” I believe that we are entering an interesting period. As more provisions of the Affordable Care Act become effective, I see a lot of potential changes to our benefit programs. I believe that my education and experience gives me the background to understand not only the direct effect of the proposed changes, but to look beyond those effects to at least ask questions about potential secondary and unintended consequences of those changes. I believe that I can be an effective advocate for the faculty and staff of TAMUCC and will provide meaningful advice to the Director of Risk Management and the Employee Benefits Manager. What would I like to see happen with SEBAC? I think that the recent federal law changes will force changes to the benefits plans we have enjoyed. I hope to minimize the negative impact of those changes on my fellow TAMUCC employees. I hope that when the choices are ultimately made, they are well informed decisions.