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Northwest Missouri State University

Gary Thompson '76

Gary Thompson '76


Princeton, Missouri

Current City

Princeton, Missouri

Northwest Foundation Board Vice President

Board Involvement

  • Vice President 2018-Present
  • Governance Committee Chair: 2014-2018
  • Executive Committee: 2008-Present
  • Finance Committee: 2008-Present


  • B.S. Business Management and Finance; Northwest Missouri State University, 1976


Gary Thompson retired as an Executive Vice President of The Hartford financial services group in 2013. He had joined The Hartford as a commercial lines underwriter in Kansas City in 1976 and during the following 19 years served in increasingly responsible profit center leadership roles in Omaha, Chicago, Sacramento and Los Angeles. Following a 1996 move to the corporate headquarters in Hartford, CT he served in multiple executive roles, culminating with his leading The Hartford’s middle market and large commercial P&C insurance businesses. Thompson also engaged in various insurance industry activities, including multiple terms as board chairman of NCCI (National Council of Compensation Insurance), a large research, data management, analytical and rate building organization. He and his wife Kathy returned to their hometown following retirement; they have three children and four grandchildren.

Why are you "forever green"?

Northwest is literally where I grew up as a person- from cultivating a strong interest in the business world, to forming lifelong friendships, to getting married. 40 plus years later I find the university’s intense focus on student success remains in place, Northwest faculty and staff commitment continues strong and the campus environment to be very welcoming. It’s a very special place from which I derive both great memories and much hope for the future.