Chris Harte is chairman of the board of Harte-Hanks Inc., a direct marketing company, and has served on its board since 1993. He spent much of his career in the newspaper business, most recently as publisher of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and previously as publisher of the Portland Press Herald, Akron Beacon Journal, and Centre Daily Times. He began his newspaper career as managing editor of The Stanford Daily and was a reporter for the Associated Press bureau at the Texas Capitol, and a manager at the Miami Herald, Knight-Ridder, and the Austin American-Statesman. He has served as a Director of Crown Resources Corp., Geokinetics Inc., and numerous private companies.
Chris has been restoring prairie at his ranch near Spicewood for 25 years. He is a director of Outward Bound USA and the Austin Community Foundation and was previously a director of the National Audubon Society.
An active member of the UT community, he is a member of the UT Development Board and its past chairman, was a member of the Centennial Commission and the Commission of 125, is a member of the College of Natural Sciences advisory council and a former board member of the Texas Exes. He joined the Dallas office of McKinsey & Company after receiving an MBA from The University of Texas and a BA from Stanford.