Director of financial readiness,
Texas A&M University
- Wanted to be an astronaut when growing up.
- Guilty pleasure is Twinkies.
- Dyed his hair white in high school.
Christopher Moore found his calling as the director of financial readiness for Texas A&M University through following his intuition through a chain of events. Mr. Moore, a second-generation financial planner and Eagle Scout, was in the middle of his eight-year stint with a wirehouse in 2011 when he fulfilled a lifelong desire to serve in the military and enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
He soon realized that graduate school would benefit his part-time career in the service and earned an MBA in 2013. Continuing his professional education, he earned his CFP in 2014.
In 2015, the director of the Texas A&M financial planning program got in touch with Mr. Moore about a new financial literacy program for students entering the military. (The university hosts the largest ROTC group in the U.S.)
"We need someone who looks just like you," she told Mr. Moore. He heeded the call and left the wirehouse to lead the new program and teach.
Moving ever forward, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in financial planning to get the academic training to conduct research and validate his teaching.
Mr. Moore's three-part class empowers students to learn financial literacy topics, apply their knowledge to projects and present information to their peers. Within two years, the elective course proved so popular that the university rolled out a version for nonmilitary students. Enrollment has zoomed to more than 300. Other universities have shown interest, too.
"College students are starving for financial education," Mr. Moore said.
— Deborah Nason; Photo credit: Brad Trent