The Office of Investments

Under the oversight of the CFO, Dr. Avijit Ghosh, the Office of Investments oversees the investment of the University System’s Operating and Endowment assets, including farmland donated to the University.

Operating and Endowment assets are invested through carefully selected external investment firms, while farmland is primarily managed internally by the Agricultural Property Services department.

$112.8M was distributed to System Units in FY20.

SUPPORTING OUR UNIVERSITIES

The Investment Program generates investment income that is distributed to units across the University System.
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$3.6B+
ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT
$2.7B
OPERATING POOL

Over the past five years, the Endowment Pool's diversity allocation has increased more than 300%.

SAFEKEEPING ASSETS

The investment objective for the Endowment Pool is to preserve the purchasing power of pool assets and provide annual support for an infinite period.

The investment objective for the Operating Pool is to preserve the value of the principal, maintain liquidity appropriate to the forecasted working capital requirements of the System, provide prudent diversification and maximize the rate of return on investment.

The Endowment Pool ranked in the top decile relative to peers for the 10 year period as of June 2019.

OUR STAFF

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GERI MELCHIORRE

Sr. Director of Investments

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MISTY LOCKHART

Assistant Director,
Investment Operations

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NICK SCHMIDT

Investment Analyst

PROSPECTIVE INVESTMENT MANAGERS

Given limited staffing and the high volume of investment opportunities that our office receives, we work through our consultant, Fund Evaluation Group (FEG) on fund sourcing.

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