As a successful businessman himself, educating the next generation of business leaders is important to T. Britton “Britt” Harris IV ’80. That’s why the CIO of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas has stayed involved at Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, investing his experience, time, and finances in supporting students there. He and his wife, Julia, have recently included Mays in their estate plan with a gift of $1 million for special programs.


“This gift is just another way that Britt and Julia have touched the lives of our students at Mays,” said Mays Dean Jerry Strawser. “From teaching a highly innovative class, to participating in our Aggies on Wall Street Program, to serving as a lifetime mentor for our students, they are always there for our students. What a wonderful example of the Aggie Network in action.”

Harris currently serves on the advisory board for the Department of Finance at Mays. He has spoken to various student audiences at Mays as a guest lecturer and was involved in developing a course at Mays in 2007 that centered on the best books from the ages for business students to read. Harris intends for his bequest to be used to further programs such as this course.

For all his contributions and professional successes, Harris was named an Outstanding Alumnus of Mays Business School in 2002, the highest honor bestowed by the school on its former students.

Harris is the former president and chief financial officer of Verizon Investment Communications. Prior to that, he was the CEO of the hedge fund Bridgewater Associates. He has served on the board of TWA retirees and the Lockheed Martin investment board, and is a member of the New York Stock Exchange advisory committee. Notably, he is also a member of the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets, a select committee of investors and asset managers tasked with fostering private sector dialogue on issues of significance in their industry and the market.

Harris is a deacon and Bible study teacher at Wilton Baptist Church and enjoys coaching youth basketball and baseball. The Harrises reside in West Lake Hills, Texas. They have four children, two of whom will be attending A&M this year.