Texas AFT Recommends Charleston in TRS Trustee Election

The 2017 TRS trustee nomination election is under way from now until May 5. The Texas AFT executive council has endorsed the reappointment of Karen Charleston for a seat on the Teacher Retirement System of Texas board of trustees. Charleston has served as a TRS trustee since 2011, when she was appointed to what was then a seat reserved for a representative of higher education employees. The Legislature later made that seat open to any active or retired TRS member from public or higher education. Under current law, the governor ultimately gets to select the appointee from among the top three vote-getters in the contest for this seat.

Karen Charleston is an Austin native with a B.A. in music education from Huston-Tillotson University. She retired from Prairie View A&M University after 29 years of service.  As a current TRS trustee, she chairs the board’s Risk Management Committee and serves on the Budget, Audit, and Benefits committees. Her many civic involvements include affiliation with the Texas State Employees Union, the Houston Volunteer Initiatives Program, and membership in the Houston-Harris County Retired Teachers Association. Karen Charleston has proven herself a reliable steward of TRS retirement-benefit programs on behalf of active and retired education employees and has earned renomination and reappointment to the TRS board.