Searches and Hires

Trinity College replaces Investure with Commonfund as endowment’s OCIO

Trinity College hired Commonfund to replace Investure as its investment manager to run the $577 million endowment.

The change will take effect July 1, said Kathy Andrews, a spokeswoman for the elite liberal arts school in Hartford, Conn. A spokesman for Commonfund also confirmed the move. No reason was given for the switch.

Investure, which pioneered the outsourcing of investment offices for non-profits, has been hit by client defections as founder Alice Handy prepares to retire at year-end. For Commonfund, which has pooled money to invest for hundreds of schools since the 1970s, the switch is a welcome victory as it has seen its growth stagnate amid increased competition.

Ms. Handy didn't respond to emails seeking comment.

Trinity has been an Investure client for 10 years, according to the school. The endowment gained an annualized 8.9% in the five years through June 30. The fund gained 13.3% in fiscal 2017, according to a school report.

The outsourced CIO industry has grown rapidly as non-profits and other institutions seek to cut costs and improve returns. About $100 billion has been outsourced in higher education, more than double since 2010, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Investure manages about $14 billion. In addition to Trinity, Investure has lost Barnard College, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and The Commonwealth Fund, while adding five clients.

Commonfund, which was started to help small schools pool their investments, oversees about $25 billion.