UVA Investment Management Firm Names New CEO, CIO

Robert Durden has been tapped to head up Virginia’s $9.2 billion endowment.

Robert Durden

The University of Virginia Investment Management Co. (UVIMCO) has named Robert Durden as its new chief executive officer and chief investment officer. Durden will manage the university’s $9.2 billion endowment, as well as other long-term funds invested on behalf of the university and its foundations.

Durden, 44, will join UVIMCO in April, and will replace Lawrence Kochard, who left UVIMCO at the end of 2017 for a position in the private sector.

Durden is currently CIO for Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, where he oversees $3 billion of investable assets. UVIMCO said Durden’s first priority in his new position will be to preserve the endowment’s investment strategy. According to its latest annual report, the University of Virginia’s endowment returned 12.4% for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, which exceeded the inflation-adjusted spending rate of the university by more than 5.0%, and the return of its passive policy portfolio by 1.0%

“The University of Virginia serves as a model of great purpose and leadership, and it is an honor to join and serve this community,” Durden said in a release. “I look forward to working with UVIMCO’s exemplary investment team, board and University administration to support the mission of UVA and its related foundations.”

Prior to joining Texas Children’s Hospital in 2013, Durden was managing director and head of private assets for Morgan Creek Capital Management, where he led a team managing approximately $5 billion worth of private commitments. Durden earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and his AB from Princeton University.

“We undertook a robust search process that produced new leadership for UVIMCO to complement a deep team of professionals already in place,” said David MacFarlane, chairman of the UVIMCO board.

Currently, Kristina Alimard is the interim CEO, and E. Sargent McGowan is the endowment’s interim CIO. When Durden joins the company, Alimard and McGowan will retain their respective roles as chief operating officer and managing director of UVIMCO.


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