Chair, Nominating and Governance Committee
CREF Trustee since 2006
Laura T. Starks, 65, has been the Charles E. and Sarah M. Seay Regents Chair of Finance since 2002, Director of the AIM Investment Center since 2000, Associate Dean for Research since 2011 and Chairman of the Department of Finance from 2002 to 2011, at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where she has taught since 1987. She served on the 2013 Strategy Council for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund and the 2014 Expert Group. Dr. Starks is a member of the Governing Council of the Independent Directors Council, an association for mutual fund directors, of the Board of Governors of the Investment Company Institute, and of the Investment Advisory Committee of the Employees Retirement System of Texas, and a former director/trustee of the USAA Mutual Funds. Professor Starks has a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Starks has served as a CREF Trustee since 2006.