Mr. Farris received a full-tuition fellowship to study economics and finance at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where he was awarded a Master’s Degree. Before attending Princeton, Mr. Farris studied economics and philosophy at Centre College from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He has served as an economist at the Center for Economics Research at the Research Triangle Institute, as well as a senior economics consultant with both the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. From 2006 to 2007, Mr. Farris served as Secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
In 2016, Mr. Farris was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors for Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS). He also serves on the Board of Directors of Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance (KEMI), Green Brick Partners (NASDAQ: GRBK), and Kentucky Technology Inc., and is Senior Investment Advisor to the Centre College Endowment.