TRS of Texas Names New Executive Director

February 7, 2011 ( - The Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Brian Guthrie as the system’s new executive director, effective September 1, 2011.

As TRS executive director, Guthrie will oversee pension plan and related benefits for TRS — the sixth largest public pension fund in the United States — which serves active and retired Texas public education and higher education employees.   

According to the announcement, Guthrie has served as TRS deputy director since September 2008. Previously he was deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Budget, Planning & Policy, Austin.  

Guthrie obtained a Masters in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas-Austin and obtained BA’s in Economics and History from Franklin and Marshall College, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.   

Current TRS Executive Director Ronnie Jung will continue to serve in that capacity until September 2011. Jung has agreed to then serve as executive liaison to the TRS board where he will assist Guthrie and the trustees during a period of transition through January 31, 2012.