Mar 24, 2023

KSU Foundation Chief Investment Officer to retire

Posted Mar 24, 2023 5:00 PM

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Lois Cox pic from KSU Foundation
Lois Cox pic from KSU Foundation

MANHATTAN - Kansas State University Foundation has announced the upcoming retirement of Lois Cox, CFA, CFP, senior vice president of investments and chief investment officer.

Cox has been with the KSU Foundation for 18 years and will retire on June 30,2023.

Cox graduated from Kansas State University's College of Business Administration in 1988.

Previously she has worked as a portfolio manager for Kansas Farm Bureau for 20 years before joining the Foundation in 2005 as the director of investments.

In 2013, Cox moved into the role of chief investment officer, or CIO.

"Our work has allowed us to meet our ultimate objective of intergenerational equity — creating sustainable and relevant value across generations in support of Kansas State University," said Cox. "We're proud to have generated a 10-year annualized return of 9.25% and a 20-year annualized return of 7.9%."

KSU Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer, Greg Willems was impressed by Cox's integrity and her impact on the foundation's overall mission and success.

"Lois is one of my most admired professionals I've had the privilege of working with in my career. I've learned so much from her example and professional interaction with others," said Willems. "Lois has done a masterful job of maximizing our investment management strategy and returns and has expertly balanced the efforts of her staff with contributions from our board and asset management committee."

"More importantly, Lois brought a mix of leadership, wisdom and professional acumen that helped elevate our organization's capability and mission — she's the kind of professional that cares deeply about her colleagues and organization and extends her impact well beyond her area of direct expertise and influence, and that's the true brilliance of her career and contributions."

RSR Partners is conducting a national search to recruit Cox's replacement.

The full retirement announcement can be found here.