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Baylor University Endowment Fund

Name: Baylor University Office of Investments

Assets Under Management: $1.58B (Source: Baylor University on 6/30/2013)

Annual Report: Baylor Endowment 2013 Overview

Portfolio Insights: Thanks to the generous support of alumni and friends, Baylor’s Endowment has been growing in size over the last 40 years and has become an important source of funding for scholarships, professorships, academic programs and other operations of the University. Through programs such as The President’s Scholarship Initiative, which concluded in April of this year and raised over $100 million for current and endowed scholarships, University leasdership has consistantly expressed the importance of growing endowments. It is only through continued support for the endowment that Baylor can grow the number and impact of scholarships for deserving students and programs to meet the needs of the future. This 2013 Overview describes the Endowment, the investment strategies employed by the Office of Investments, the recent performance of the portfolio, and the market conditions within which the Endowment operates. (Source)

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Top Baylor University Endowment Fund Headlines:

1) Located in Waco, Texas, Baylor University is a private university affiliated with the Baptist Church. Founded in 1845, the university tends to rank among the top 100 colleges and universities in the country. Baylor is proud of its 145 areas of study and 300 student organizations. The school’s many pre-professional programs are popular among undergraduates, and the business school has the highest enrollments. Academics are supported by a 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 27. On the athletic front, the Baylor Bears compete in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference. The university fields seven men’s and ten women’s intercollegiate sports. (Source)

2) Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX is ranked nationally in 6 adult specialties. It was also high-performing in 6 adult specialties, as shown below. Baylor University Medical Center is a 876-bed general medical and surgical facility with 36,241 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 12,224 annual inpatient and 7,465 outpatient surgeries. Its emergency room had 112,006 visits. Baylor University Medical Center is a teaching hospital. (Source)

3) Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business in August is launching an Executive MBA in health care administration in Dallas, officials at the Waco-based school say. About 35 students are enrolled in the health care specialized part of the full-time MBA program in Waco, and school officials expect to enroll about 10 students for the fall semester in courses at the Cooper Aerobics Center, 12230 Preston Road in North Dallas, said Gary Carini, associate dean of graduate business programs and professor of strategic management at Baylor University. The health care focused students will be mixed in with others in the Executive MBA program, Carini said. The overall class size in Dallas is expected to be about 35 people, he said. (Source)

4) Baylor University, with a $750 million endowment, ranks 77th among U.S. colleges and universities with the largest endowments, according to a survey released Monday by the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Baylor’s endowment increased more than 11 percent in 2005, up from $672 million in 2004, the association said. Southern Methodist University in Dallas and the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston are among nine institutions that passed $1 billion mark in 2005, the study says. The number of U.S. colleges with endowments topping a billion dollars stands at 56. (Source)

5) The Baylor Black Alumni Club (BBAC) is an independent unincorporated non-profit organization that has maintained a cooperative, non-binding relationship with both Baylor University and the Baylor Alumni Association for the mutually interested purposes of promoting and supporting Baylor University, fostering engagement of alumni, and promoting scholarship initiatives for students. Through these relationships, the BBAC has received services provided by both organizations ranging from management of endowment funds to event and communications support. Recently, the Baylor Black Alumni Club was offered an opportunity to become a formal part of the Baylor Alumni Network, authorized by Baylor University.  The BBAC decided to continue to maintain its status as an independent, unincorporated non-profit organization moving forward. Consequently, Baylor University will discontinue providing support services to BBAC but will retain management of the BBAC Endowment Fund at Baylor. (Source)

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