PULLMAN, Wash. — Barry E. Johnston, Washington State University’s director of Business Services / Controller, has been appointed to chair a key advisory group for a worldwide leading financial service provider.

The Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association College Retirement Equities Fund invited Johnston to serve as chair of its 15-person Advisory Council, which consists of business, human resource and benefits officers representing various institutions the firm serves. The advisory council provides feedback to TIAA-CREF management on the firm’s products, services and investment options. Johnston’s one-year appointment as chair begins in June, with two years remaining on his three-year term as an advisory council member.

Since 1979, Johnston has had a proven track record of accomplishments to meet the teaching, research and public service needs of WSU. His skills in strategic planning, leadership, financial and human resource management has resulted in Johnston using his experience to manage large projects and budgets at WSU.

Johnston received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from Austin College (Sherman, Texas) in 1972 and his master of business administration from Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, Ariz.) in 1974. In addition to serving on a number of WSU committee and boards, he is a member of the Washington State Higher Education Budget, Accounting and Resource Association; American Payroll Association; Inter-Institutional Benefit Officers Association; National Association of College and University Business Officers; and the Western Association of College and University Business Officers.