List of 20 Worst-Managed University Endowments

To put the story of the U’s plunge in its endowment into a little perspective, see the list by Financial Web site 24/7 Wall St. of this year’s Best- and Worst-Managed Endowments at universities. Thanks to Professor Bill Gleason for pointing it out. 

The 20 Worst Managed Endowments:

1) Harvard, down 30% and $10.9 billion

2) Yale, down 29% and $6.5 billion

3) Duke, down 28% and $1.7 billion

4) Brown, down 27% and $730 million

5) Syracuse, down 33% and $327 million

6) University of Minnesota, down 27% and $312 million

7) Cornell, down 26% and $1.4 billion

8) University of Southern California, down 26% and $918 million

9) California Institute of Technology, down 26% and $483 million

10) Grinnell, down 27% and $396 million

11) Yeshiva, down 27% and $365 million

12) Southern Methodist, down 26% and $370 million

13) Georgia Tech Foundation, down 26% and $329 million

14) Baylor School of Medicine, down 33% and $360 million

15) University of Illinois, down 26% and $296 million

16) Pomona, down 26% and $460 million

17) Carnegie Mellon, down 29% and $313 million

18) University of Delaware, down 25% and $332 million

19) Northwestern, down 25% and $1.8 billion

20) Rockefeller University, down 24% and $491 million

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The U’s Mason

Using that ranking, Businessinsider.com named the U’s chief investment officer, Stuart Mason, who was quoted in the Minnesota Daily article (and ours), the 6th Worst Investment Fund manager .

Now here are the ones that have ridden out the storm better. That said, 24/7 Wall St. states it couldn’t find enough endowments to meet the Top 20 criteria.

The 17 Best Managed Endowments:

1. Washington State University, down 9% and $59 million

2. Virginia Tech, down 14% and $78 million

3. University of Utah, down 14% or $81 million

4. North Carolina State U And Foundations, down 15% and $81 million

5. College of William and Mary, down 15% and $85 million

6. Pepperdine, down 4% and $27 million

7. Dalhousie, down 14% and $50 million

8. Georgia Institute of Technology, down 8% and $27 million

9. McGill, down 13% and $118 million

10. University of Missouri, down 14% and $143 million

11. University of Alberta, down 12% and $90 million

12. Berry College, down 14% and $89 million

13. University of California—SF, down 6% and $30 million

14. University of Manitoba, down 13% and $42 million

15. Texas Tech, down 14% and $113 million

16. University of South Carolina and Foundations, down 8% and $34 million

17. University of Massachusetts, down 5% and $19 million

  • Georgia Tech appears on both lists. Some data-reporting deficiencies in there somewhere.

  • Timberman

    Georgia Tech has both an endowment and an independent foundation (similar to the University of Minnesota – endowment and UMFIA).