Funding for the hire came from cash.
VRS spokeswoman Jeanne Chenault was not available to provide further details.
The $53.1 billion retirement system also committed $200 million to Apax VIII, a private equity fund managed by Apax Partners.
VRS officials are also preparing an RFP for a record keeper for the defined contribution portion of a mandatory hybrid retirement plan for new employees effective Jan. 1, 2014. No further information could be learned.
At its August board meeting, the retirement system announced a 1.4% return for the fiscal year ended June 30.