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South Carolina

Michael Wise

Director

Southeast Zone

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Michael Wise was appointed Director of the South Carolina Department of Insurance in May 2023. A South Carolina native and graduate of Furman University, Wise has spent most of his career fostering a well-functioning insurance market that benefits both consumers and insurers alike through fair and responsive regulation.

Prior to his appointment as Director, he served as Deputy Director of the Actuarial and Market Services Division, responsible for actuarial analyses, policy form and rate reviews, and the monitoring of traditional insurance markets. He has also been an active participant in the National Association of Insurance Commissioners meetings and initiatives.  

Wise believes consumer protection is at the heart of insurance regulation and seeks to balance the affordability and availability of insurance products to ensure South Carolina consumers are protected by strong, solvent carriers. He began his career at the Department in 2009 as a rates analyst before moving into various actuarial and management roles. He has sought to guarantee transparency throughout the rate filing process by encouraging open communication with carriers. He believes a competitive marketplace is key to consumers having access to the insurance products they need at prices that are as affordable as possible while ensuring companies are able to pay claims and remain solvent.

Wise holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics-economics from Furman, is an Associate of the Casualty Actuarial Society, is a member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and is a recent graduate of the South Carolina Executive Institute. Wise is also a recent recipient of the American Academy of Actuaries’ Rising Actuary Award.  

Wise resides with his wife, Jennifer, and two children in Richland County in Columbia, SC.

Office Information
Main

South Carolina Department of Insurance
P.O. Box 100105
Columbia, SC 29202-3105
United States

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  • Department

    Category

    Contact

    Phone

    Email

  • South Carolina

    Accident & Health Insurance

    Shari Miles
    Life, Accident and Health Insurance Unit Manager

    (803) 737-6096

  • South Carolina

    Administration

    Tom Watson
    Deputy Director, Administration

    (803) 737-6141

  • South Carolina

    Agent Licensing

    Andrea Bourgoin
    Manager of Licensing and CE Services

    (803) 737-5757

  • South Carolina

    Captives

    Joseph McDonald
    Captives Director

    (843) 384-7117

  • South Carolina

    Company Licensing

    Vacant
    Deputy Director, Financial Regulation and Solvency

  • South Carolina

    Consumer Services

    Diane Cooper
    Deputy Director, Licensing and Consumer Services

    (803) 737-6148

  • South Carolina

    Deposits

    Vacant
    Deputy Director, Financial Regulation and Solvency

  • South Carolina

    Examinations - Financial and Market Conduct

    Linda G. Haralson
    Chief Financial Examiner

    (803) 737-6116

  • South Carolina

    Examinations and Continuing Education

    Andrea Bourgoin
    Manager of Licensing and CE Services

    (803) 737-5757

  • South Carolina

    Fraud Unit

    Joshua Underwood
    Director

    (803) 737-7151

  • South Carolina

    Human Resources

    Grace Godwin
    Human Resources Manager

    (803) 737-6119

  • South Carolina

    Information Technology

    Derrick Brown
    Information Officer

    (803) 737-6157

  • South Carolina

    InsurTech

    Vacant
    Deputy Director, Financial Regulation and Solvency

  • South Carolina

    Legal

    Gwen Fuller-McGriff
    General Counsel and Deputy Director

    (803) 737-6153

    gmcgriff@doi.sc.gov

  • South Carolina

    Licensing

    Diane Cooper
    Deputy Director, Licensing and Consumer Services

    (803) 737-6148

  • South Carolina

    Life Insurance

    Shari Miles
    Life, Accident and Health Insurance Unit Manager

    (803) 737-6096

  • South Carolina

    Liquidation, Rehabilitation

    Geoffrey Bonham
    Associate General Counsel

    (803) 737-6219

  • South Carolina

    Liquidation, Rehabilitation

    Vacant
    Deputy Director, Financial Regulation and Solvency

  • South Carolina

    Market Conduct

    Gwen Fuller-McGriff
    General Counsel and Deputy Director

    (803) 737-6153

    gmcgriff@doi.sc.gov

  • South Carolina

    Media Relations/Public Information

    Katie Geer
    Public Information Officer

    (803) 737-5913

  • South Carolina

    NAIC Liaison

    Melissa Manning
    NAIC Liaison

    (803) 737-6204

    mmanning@doi.sc.gov

  • South Carolina

    Policy and Form Filing - Life & Health

    Shari Miles
    Life, Accident and Health Insurance Unit Manager

    (803) 737-6096

  • South Carolina

    Policy and Form Filing - Life & Health

    Anamaria Burg
    Assistant Actuary

    (803) 737-6165

  • South Carolina

    Policy and Form Filing - Property & Casualty (Personal Lines and Commercial Lines)

    Vacant
    Deputy Director, Actuarial and Market Services

  • South Carolina

    Premium Tax

    Sharon Waddell
    Taxation

    (803) 737-4910

  • South Carolina

    Utilization Review

    Vacant
    Specialty Licensing and PBM Manager

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