Jorge Morales, deputy director of operations and benefits, was named acting executive director of the $4.5 billion fund District of Columbia Retirement Board. Mr. Morales takes over from Jeanna M. Cullins, who resigned effective Sept. 30.
Bill W. Smith was appointed county treasurer and will oversee the $200 million Merced County Employees' Retirement System, Merced, Calif. He replaces Norman E. Fullerton, who died last March. Mr. Smith will serve until the term expires in December 1998.
James R. Meynard left BellSouth Corp., Atlanta, where he was senior manager-trust investments for its $22.5 billion in corporate and employee benefit assets, to join Harbert Management as vice president and director-marketing. Further details were unavailable.
Catherine A. Higgins, director of U.S. asset consulting practice at Towers Perrin, New York, left to join Frank Russell as a senior consultant starting Oct. 20.
TIAA-CREF, New York, named Scott C. Evans executive vice president and manager of CREF investments. Mr. Evans will oversee 100 investment staff, managing $112 billion for 403(b) plans. Mr. Evans also will have responsibility for oversight of six retail mutual funds introduced earlier this month.
Mr. Evans, a 12-year veteran of the company, has managed the CREF Growth Account since its inception in 1994. TIAA-CREF did not provide details by press time regarding Mr. Evans' replacement as manager of the Growth Account or who he is replacing as head of CREF's investment management operations.
Phil Schneider was named managing director of Watson Wyatt Investment Consulting, assuming most of the duties held by Roger Bransford, who was killed in an airplane crash in January.
Also, Brian Hersey, former director of investment management research and principal at Towers Perrin, joined Watson Wyatt to lead its North American research efforts.
Mr. Schneider, who headed Watson Wyatt's consulting practice, has been replaced by Brian Murphy, senior consultant. Mr. Hersey will be responsible for the Southeast and head the firm's research operations, which had been under the direction of Mr. Bransford.