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Texas Teachers, Howard University pair up on recruiting

As part of its efforts to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce, the $150 billion Teacher Retirement System of Texas established a partnership with Howard University School of Business in Washington.

The partnership with TRS will be the historically black college's first alliance with a public pension fund, said a news release from the Austin-based pension plan.

TRS will work with a designated group of Howard students as part of early career training and development. Students also will be encouraged to apply for internships with TRS, said Jerry Albright, the pension fund's chief investment officer, in the news release.

TRS will have access to Howard Business School's career services mobile application where job openings can be posted.

Barron H. Harvey, dean of the business school, said in the release that TRS' participation in the school's partnership network "will further enhance an exceptional student development program. Partnering with one of the world's largest pension fund systems will undoubtedly provide unique experiences and opportunities for our students."

By coincidence, Kirk Sims, TRS' newly appointed director of its emerging managers program, is a Howard University alumnus, Mr. Albright said.