asset management program a Kellogg priority
Robert Korajczyk leads finance initiative designed to offer
students stronger analytic tools; alumni support key for success.
Kellogg School has established the Asset Management Program,
an initiative that requires alumni support. Led by the Kellogg
Finance Department, this innovation will meet an important
student need to strengthen their analytical abilities while
maintaining and enhancing the reputation of Kellogg among
leading peer schools.
specialized program will launch this spring, "providing
Kellogg students with a unique educational experience that
combines financial theory, exposure to cutting-edge practitioners
and experience managing an actual portfolio," said Professor
Korajczyk, who is leading the initiative.
service firms hire some 20 percent of all Kellogg School graduates;
with this new program, students now will benefit from an enhanced
curriculum providing practical experience in portfolio management
while increasing their exposure to industry professionals.
To advance this initiative, Kellogg is seeking targeted alumni
involvement from those in the financial services community
with experience in asset management. Involvement opportunities
range from financial assistance to advisory board participation.
Kellogg alumni and friends will significantly influence the
program's success. In fact, alumni are already responding
to the Kellogg School's request for partnership in this endeavor.
long recognized that my Kellogg education contributed significantly
to my reaching certain goals in my financial services career
–– which has spanned investment banking to asset
management," said Malcolm Jones '82. "I now
have the opportunity to give something back to Kellogg. When
I understood Professor Korajczyk's model for the asset management
program and got caught up in his enthusiasm, I knew I wanted
to be a part of this initiative."
yearlong, for-credit practicum allows students to manage a
sizable portfolio under the guidance of a Finance professor.
The course has limited enrollment and requires students to
register for prescribed courses throughout the practicum.
Only the most motivated students will gain entry to this program.
As summer arrives and internships take students off campus
to pursue professional assignments, representative faculty
members and students will monitor fund performance.
school has identified $8 million in permanent funding needs
to create the program and strengthen the visibility and reputation
of its finance offerings. Of this total, $3 million supports
a diversified equity and hedge fund portfolio; $5 million
targets a diversified fixed income portfolio.
feel fortunate and indebted to Kellogg," said Robin
Yoshimura '94. "I hope to make a positive contribution
to the school by directing both my effort and capital to the
Asset Management Program."
may contribute their support as a one-time gift, a pledge
or with an annual subscription that presents a variety of
naming opportunities. Kellogg will recognize founding partners
and these partners will have a consistent pool of intellectual
talent available each year. The return on this investment
is rich for all involved.
pleased not only to make a financial contribution now to assist
in launching the Asset Management Program at Kellogg,"
said Jones, "but also to help raise additional funds
in the future to enhance the program. This will be a great
Kellogg program and all of us associated with it will be justly
proud." — Carrie Swearingen
information on supporting the Asset Management Program, contact
Beth Truta at firstname.lastname@example.org