Governor Names New Trustees to TRS Board

On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, Governor Greg Abbott announced the names of the three new trustees who will fill open positions on the Board of Trustees for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS).

Governor Abbott has appointed Jarvis V. Hollingsworth, James “Dick” Nance, and Nanette Sissney to the TRS Board of Trustees for terms set to expire August 31, 2023. Additionally, the Governor named Hollingsworth chair of the board, replacing current chair David Kelly, who has served since 2007. Additional information about other trustees serving on the board can be found by clicking here.

The following information appears in a news release made available by the Governor’s office:

  • Jarvis V. Hollingsworth of Missouri City is a partner and member of the Management Committee of the law firm of Bracewell LLP. He is a former regent of the University of Houston System, where he served in many capacities, including chairman of the Board of Regents. He is a former trustee of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, where he served in many capacities, including as chairman of the Board. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Houston Bar Association, State Bar of Texas Foundation, and the State Bar of Texas and previously served on its Board of Directors. Additionally, he is former treasurer of the Houston Bar Foundation and a member of the United Way of Greater Houston’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society. Hollingsworth received a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and served for several years on active and reserve duty in the United States Army. He received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston.
  • James “Dick” Nance of Hallettsville is retired from Pasadena ISD after 35 years of service. He is a former member of the Texas Athletic Directors Association, Greater Houston Football Coaches Association, and the Texas High School Coaches Association. Additionally, he is president of the District III Texas Retired Teachers Association and former president of Pasadena South Rotary Club and Lavaca County Retired Teachers Association. He is former secretary of the Hallettsville ISD Education Foundation and a former member of the Hallettsville Lions Club and the Hallettsville ISD Strategic Planning Committee. Nance received a Bachelor of Science in education, a mid-management certificate, and a Master of Education from the University of Houston.
  • Nanette Sissney is a school counselor and former high school teacher with Whitesboro ISD. She is former state president of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association and former member of the National Council on Teacher Retirement. Additionally, she is a volunteer for Christmas Angel Tree and Ministerial Alliance and chair of Whitesboro Santa’s Breakfast. Sissney received a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Woman’s University and a Master of Education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.”

James “Dick” Nance is a member of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) and the Lavaca County RTA local unit, where he serves currently as Immediate Past President. He will fill the position left vacant after the passing of beloved TRTA member and friend Anita Smith Palmer, who passed away in January of 2017. Nance was appointed by the Governor from three retired member candidates who were nominated by retired TRS members.

The Board of Trustees of TRS, the trustee of all plan assets, is responsible for the general administration and operation of TRS, and is authorized by law to adopt rules for the administration of TRS and the transaction of the business of the Board.

Congratulations to all who were named to the TRS Board! TRTA is looking forward to continuing our positive work with the TRS Board of Trustees. The next meeting of the TRS Board of Trustees will be held on December 14 and 15 in Austin, Texas.

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