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William McLean: Investing for a Large U.S. University
Despite his modesty, Northwestern University’s CIO has garnered much respect from the educational endowment community.
Will McLean, who has spent his entire career investing at three nonprofit institutions, became Northwesterns CIO in January 2002. He credits the institutions investment committee, his team and top-performing asset managers for his success.
At a roundtable discussion for the nine winners of the 2014 Institutional Investor U.S. Investment Management Awards, McLean shared some of his lessons learned:
On manager selection and retention
We push ourselves to make the hurdle higher, whether its qualitative evaluation or return expectation.
On his investment strategy
Weve been adding uncorrelated strategies to try to diversify away from our equity exposure.
On the uncertainty among investors
It makes us nervous because theres something about it that just doesnt feel right.
McLean is Top Large Endowment Investor of the year. For more of his thoughts, read the full roundtable discussion.