Professor Julie Agnew Named to TIAA-CREF Institute Fellows Program

WILLIAMSBURG, VA -- The TIAA-CREF Institute has selected Julie Agnew, assistant professor of economics and finance at The Mason School of Business at The College of William and Mary, for its Fellows Program.

The Fellows Program provides the TIAA-CREF Institute access to the nation's leading scholars in areas that are important to the mission of the Institute and to TIAA-CREF generally. Membership in the Fellows Programs is limited to senior college and university leadership and prominent scholars with interests in research, teaching, and policy issues in areas of interest to TIAA-CREF including:

  • Strategic management and leadership in higher education.
  • Faculty recruitment and retention and other workforce issues.
  • Employer-sponsored pension plan design, management and funding.
  • Retirement savings, financial education, wealth management and the process of retirement.
• Retiree health insurance.


There are currently 66 Fellows in the program, including academic researchers with active research agendas and individuals with senior positions in academe, such as presidents, provosts and deans.  Fellows represent both private and public institutions, as well as several other research groups.  Membership is generally for a period of two years and may be renewed for additional terms.

"We are extremely pleased to count Dr. Agnew among our Institute Fellows," said Madeleine d'Ambrosio, Executive Director of the TIAA-CREF Institute.  "Her deep knowledge and understanding of how individuals manage their retirement savings will greatly enhance the TIAA-CREF Institute's development and implementation of a research agenda with the power to ultimately improve the lifelong financial security of all Americans, which is at the heart of TIAA-CREF's mission."

Professor Agnew's research and consulting activities focus on how individuals invest in their 401(k) plans. She has presented her research at several national conferences and has published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Behavioral Finance and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. In addition, she has won several nationally competitive research grants. Currently, she is a research associate at Boston College's Center for Retirement Research.

"This is a wonderful commendation of Julie's research achievements," notes Dean Larry Pulley of The Mason School.  "At this early stage in her academic career Professor Agnew has already established herself as a leading scholar in investment decision-making in 401(k) and other retirement plans.  She will be a wonderful asset in the TIAA-CREF Institute Fellows Program."

The Fellows Program helps build an alliance between scholars studying issues and challenges related to the business of higher education and lifelong financial security and those who develop products, services and policies in response. Fellows' knowledge and expertise help inform business decisions within TIAA-CREF, strategic initiatives undertaken by campus leaders, and the action plans of our nation's policymakers.