Texas Tech University

Faculty Member, Alumnus Selected in 40 Under 40 for Financial Planning

Glenys Young

July 2, 2020

Christopher M. Browning and Philip Gibson were honored from among 1,000 nominees.

Texas Tech University's Department of Personal Financial Planning is widely recognized as one of the nation's leading financial-planning programs. As the latest evidence, InvestmentNews has selected not one, but two, Texas Tech people among its 2020 40 Under 40 honorees.


Christopher M. Browning, an associate professor and associate chair of the department, and Philip Gibson, an alumnus of the department's doctoral program, were chosen from a pool of about 1,000 nominees by a panel of reporters, editors and other representatives of InvestmentNews to make a list of 40 talented individuals.

Although it's way too early to talk about Browning's legacy as an educator, the Financial Planning Academy he created and has run since 2016 is likely to leave a lasting impression on the profession. The national one-week summer program, support for which comes from the Charles Schwab Foundation, is designed to introduce high school students to the discipline and to "make financial planning a first-choice career option." So far, it's attracted 200 teenagers to the Texas Tech campus, where Browning, 39, has been a faculty member since earning a doctorate in 2013.

Browning talks to student participants in the 2019 Financial Planning Academy.

"It is a tremendous honor to be part of the InvestmentNews 40 Under 40 class of 2020," Browning said. "A number of Texas Tech alumni have received this honor over the years, and I'm proud to join them as a representative of Texas Tech's outstanding Personal Financial Planning program."

Gibson, an associate professor of finance, heads the financial-planning program at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and conducts award-winning research in areas such as mutual funds and retirement. Gibson also helps clients as an adviser at Charlotte, North Carolina-based Carroll Financial and advances the profession through his volunteer efforts as a member of the Association of African American Financial Advisors and as a director and vice president of international relations for the Academy of Financial Services. Gibson, 37, earned his doctorate from Texas Tech in 2012 and became a certified financial planner in 2014.


"I am truly honored to recognized among such an impressive group of individuals," Gibson said. "Much of what I am able to do today, I attribute to the Personal Financial Planning faculty at Texas Tech University. I am proud to represent my Red Raiders."

InvestmentNews' 40 Under 40 project strives to award the young talent that is rarely recognized in the financial advice industry. By rewarding these honorees, InvestmentNews hopes to reveal the promising future for the industry.

"The 2020 class of 40 Under 40 honorees represent the best of the future of the financial advice community," said George B. Moriarty, chief content officer of InvestmentNews. "These men and women have already made their marks on the industry through exceptional leadership and service to their communities."

Browning and Gibson, along with the others making the seventh annual 40 Under 40 list, are highlighted in the June 29 issue of InvestmentNews and online at InvestmentNews.com. To learn more about the 2020 winners, awards and luncheon, visit www.40under40inadvice.com.

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