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Financial Planning Program
Texas A&M University                                       Campus Location:
600 Kimbrough Blvd.                                         210C Agricultural and Life Sciences Bldg.
2124 TAMU                                                      Office: 979.845.5223
College Station, TX 77843-2124                         Email: financialplanning@tamu.edu

Faculty & Staff

Nathan_Harness2Nathan Harness, Ph.D., CFP®
TD Ameritrade Director of Financial Planning

Dr. Nathan Harness, who was appointed TD Ameritrade Director of Financial Planning on Jan. 1, 2015, brings years of financial planning experience to Texas A&M University. Since 2013, he has taught the Investment Planning, Retirement Planning and the Financial Planning Capstone courses for the in Financial Planning program.

He received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Central Arkansas and the Master of Science in Finance, as well as, the Ph.D. in Personal Financial Planning from Texas Tech University.

Dr. Harness’ research interests include personal financial ratio analysis, household heuristics and wealth accumulation, and individual stock selection. He is published in Applied Economic Letters, Financial Services Review, International Journal of Business and Finance Research, Journal of Financial Services Professionals, Financial Counseling and Planning, and the Journal of Personal Finance.

Prior to joining the Texas A&M faculty, Dr. Harness taught at the University of Georgia in Athens. Most recently, he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of investments and financial management at Texas A&M-Commerce.


Marilynn_HoodMarilynn E. Hood, CFP®

Marilynn E. Hood, Texas A&M University Lecturer, joined the Financial Planning program faculty in spring semester 2014, teaching the Insurance and Estate Planning course.

Hood received a Bachelor of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Texas A&M. Hood is a licensed General Lines Agent for the Texas Department of Insurance. Furthermore, she received designation as a Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist in January 2000. Hood has been a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) since October 1997.

Hood has been a lecturer in the Texas A&M Department of Finance since 1996. Over the course of 19 years, she has taught several finance classes including FINC 201: Personal Finance, FINC 341: Business Finance, FINC: 309: Survey of Finance Principals, and FINC 434: Intermediate Finance.


Debbie_WebbDebra Webb, CPA, CFP®

Debra (Debbie) Webb, Blinn College Professor of Economics and Accounting, joined the Financial Planning faculty in 2013.

Webb received a Bachelor of Science in Modern Languages and a Master of Science in Economics, as well as, a Master of Science in Accounting from Texas A&M University. Currently, she teaches the Tax Planning course.

Prior to Texas A&M, Webb taught at the University of Maryland in Germany and served as Instructor of Economics and Accounting. Furthermore, she has served as the Blinn College Assistant Director for Financial Aid in both the Brenham (August 2007-May 2008) and Bryan (May 2008-January 2009) locations.

Webb brings several years of Tax Preparer and Tax Certified Public Accountant experience to the position. Webb became a CPA in Pennsylvania in 1991, receiving her CPA credentials in Texas in 2000. Furthermore, she has been a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) since 2003.


Jeanie_LongJeanie Long Izurieta
Program Manager

Jeanie Long Izurieta, has served as manager of the Financial Planning program since February 2013.

Izurieta received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications and a Minor in Agribusiness from the University of Georgia. She received a Master of Science in Agricultural Education, as well as, the eLearning Development Certificate from Texas A&M.

For nearly six years, Izurieta worked as the instructional designer for the Texas A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service. She brings years of course management and development experience, as well as, instructional design and graphic design experience to the Financial Planning program.

As program manager, Izurieta works with the faculty to develop online financial planning courses. She is also involved in recruitment, admissions, tracking and retention for the program. In addition, Izurieta is responsible for creating marketing materials, managing the program’s website and coordinating the annual Financial Planning Workshop.


Gene_NelsonA. Gene Nelson, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus

Dr. Gene Nelson came to Texas A&M University in 1990 and served as Professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics until January 2005. In 2005, he moved to college administration and served as Executive Associate Dean until May 2008. Since then, he has been an active faculty member and led the effort to develop the Financial Planning curriculum at Texas A&M.

Dr. Nelson received a bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and the master’s and doctorate degrees from Purdue University. After graduating from Purdue, he served as a faculty member at Oregon State University for 20 years—nine years as department head.

Dr. Nelson’s teaching, research and extension programs have emphasized management, finance, and risk analysis in decision making. He received the USDA Superior Service Award for leadership in developing innovative risk management teaching materials. Furthermore, he has authored several publications, including an undergraduate farm business management textbook, and was honored as a Distinguished Scholar of the Western Agricultural Economics Association in 2004.

Since returning to the Department in 2008, Dr. Nelson has continued to teach and conduct research with a new emphasis in financial planning. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of Agricultural Economics, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Agricultural Economics Association in February 2015.

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