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Kenyon College Endowment Fund

Name: Kenyon College

Assets Under Management: $689.5 Million (Source: Kenyon College on 6/30/2014)

Annual Report: Kenyon College Consolidated Financial Report June 30, 2014 and 2013

Portfolio Insights: “Kenyon College (the College), a private educational institution, derives its income from student tuition and fees, investments, gifts and grants, operation of residence and dining halls and related activities.

Hedge and alternative funds are investments in securities where a readily verifiable fair value may not exist and/or is not available to management. Fair value of these investments is reported by management based on information provided by the investment managers as validated by management and its advisors and, as such, additional quantitative disclosures are not required.” (Source)

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Top Kenyon College Endowment Fund Headlines:

1) Kenyon College created a sustainability office in 2010 and employs a sustainability director as well as a full-time food service sustainability director to handle local food initiatives. The college’s sustainability mission has been endorsed by senior staff, and a green purchasing policy mandates procurement of Energy Star-qualified appliances and electronics. Kenyon also incorporates sustainability issues into new employee orientation and organizes a departmental sustainability liaison program. (Source)

2) Kenyon College, the liberal arts school in Gambier, Ohio, named Sean Decatur, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Oberlin College, as its next president, effective July 1. Decatur, 44, will replace S. Georgia Nugent, a Classics scholar who is stepping down after a decade at the helm, Kenyon said today in a statement.

Decatur, who will be Kenyon’s first black president, has spent most of his career at liberal arts schools, including positions as an associate dean, department chair and professor of chemistry at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.

“All evidence points to a liberal arts education as being a successful platform for a full range of careers and that we graduate students who think critically, who communicate well, and who can solve problems,” Decatur said in the statement. (Source)

3) Dr. Ben Schumacher, a professor of physics at Kenyon College, has received the Quantum Communication Award of the International Organization for Quantum Communication, Computing and Measurement – considered the premier scientific honor in the field of quantum communications. (Source)

4) Jul 14, 2010 – The USD 150 million Kenyon College Endowment plans to commit approximately USD 5 million to a private equity real estate fund focussed on North America by the end of 2010. The endowment has a target allocation to real estate between  5-7%, and has previously invested in value added and opportunistic funds. Kenyon College Endowment has expressed an interest in the debt and distressed property markets and feels that this is where the best opportunities are currently presenting themselves. Kenyon College’s commitment is unlikely to be to a first-time fund, as it typically prefers to invest with managers that have a good track record. (Source)

5) Sean M. Decatur, an emerging national leader in higher education, became  the nineteenth president of Kenyon College on July 1, 2013. A champion of the liberal arts, Decatur earned a bachelor’s degree at Swarthmore College and a doctorate in biophysical chemistry at Stanford University.  The presidential inauguration took place October 26, 2013. (Source)

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