Duke’s endowment assets are managed collectively. Much the way individual investors pool their assets in a mutual fund, each of the individual funds comprising the university’s endowment owns units in Duke’s Long Term Pool (LTP).
The Long Term Pool is managed by DUMAC Inc., a professionally staffed investment organization controlled by Duke University. DUMAC has a staff of about 40 employees and works with the assistance of more than 250 investment advisory firms and partnerships to help the university meet its investment goals.
Assets Managed by DUMAC
In addition to managing Duke’s $6.0 billion endowment, DUMAC manages the employees’ retirement pool and Duke University Health System’s investments, and invests much of the university’s working capital. DUMAC also manages the assets of The Duke Endowment, the private charitable trust established by Duke University’s founder, James B. Duke.
Duke is also one of a handful of universities that has been given permission by the IRS to invest charitable remainder trusts with the university’s endowment assets. Charitable remainder trusts provide donors and/or their loved ones with an income stream for life or for a period of years; the balance of these trusts ultimately supports the university. In total, DUMAC has $13.9 billion in assets under management.
History and Governance
In 1989, Duke University's Board of Trustees approved the creation of Duke Management Company as a separate, nonprofit support corporation of the university. The organization began operating in July 1990, and over time, evolved into DUMAC Inc.
DUMAC is controlled by an eleven-member Board of Directors, comprised of the president and executive vice president of Duke University, the president of DUMAC, the chair of the Duke University Board of Trustees, and seven other members appointed by the Board of Trustees' Executive Committee. The seven other members are typically university trustees and/or investment professionals. DUMAC operates under a trustee-approved investment policy and has been delegated broad authority in managing the university's investments.
NEAL F. TRIPLETT is president of DUMAC Inc. He joined DUMAC in July 1999 and started working with public securities and hedged strategies. Eventually Mr. Triplett began overseeing DUMAC's hedged strategies investments, and he was appointed president in January 2007. Prior to completing business school, Mr. Triplett was a credit officer for the corporate and real estate portfolios at Wachovia Bank. Mr. Triplett holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. (B.A., Duke University; M.B.A., Duke University)
ALICE E. GOULD joined DUMAC in 2004 and oversees DUMAC’s private investment portfolio, which includes venture capital, leveraged buyouts, real estate, and natural resources. Previously, she worked as a strategy consultant for technology-oriented businesses. Ms. Gould also spent 10 years at IBM, where she managed product development, marketing, and business planning. (B.S.E., Duke University; M.B.A., Duke University)
DAVID R. SHUMATE is executive vice president of DUMAC and has overall responsibility for DUMAC's investment and support operations, including assessing and managing risk across DUMAC's investment activities. Mr. Shumate holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a CPA who has served Duke University in various capacities for over 30 years. He was previously employed at Peat Marwick. (B.S./B.A., Western Carolina University)
DUMAC Board of Directors
EDGAR W. BARKSDALE is a principal and CEO of Federal Street Partners LLC, a firm focused on globally investing family and institutional assets, primarily in hedged strategies. Prior to November 1999, he served as president and CEO of Northern Trust Global Advisors and Northern Trust Company of Connecticut. He was responsible for the firm’s investment manager research and program design activities. Mr. Barksdale also serves on the boards of the Fairfield County Foundation and the Greenwich Roundtable. He chairs the investment committees of the Fairfield Community Foundation and the Stamford Health System. (A.B., Duke University; M.B.A., University of Pennsylvania)
RICHARD H. BRODHEAD became Duke’s ninth president on July 1, 2004, after a 32-year career at Yale University, including 11 years as Dean of Yale College, where he won the DeVane Medal for outstanding teaching and was named the A. Bartlett Giamatti Professor of English and American Studies. President Brodhead has written or edited more than a dozen books on 19th-century American literature, and most recently published his decanal essays and speeches as The Good of This Place: Values and Challenges in College Education. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board since 2002, Dr. Brodhead has won several scholarly honors and fellowships, including Guggenheim, Woodrow Wilson, Danforth, and Morse fellowships. (B.A., Yale University; Ph.D., Yale University)
EDWARD A. GILHULY is a member of Sageview Capital LLC. Prior to founding Sageview Capital, Mr. Gilhuly was at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) for 19 years. He joined KKR in 1986 in San Francisco, became a partner in 1995, and lived in London from 1998 until 2005 while establishing and overseeing all aspects of KKR’s business in Europe. He also served on KKR’s Investment Committee from its inception in 2000 until his departure in 2005. Before joining KKR, Mr. Gilhuly worked in the Mergers and Acquisitions group of Merrill Lynch Capital Markets in New York. Mr. Gilhuly is a member of the Board of Directors of Legrand SA and Medcath Inc., and a member of the Board of Trustees of the California Academy of Sciences. (A.B., Duke University; M.B.A., Stanford University)
JEAN E. HOYSRADT is the chief investment officer of Mousse Partners Limited, an investment office based in New York. Prior to Mousse, she served as senior vice president and head of securities investment and treasury at New York Life Insurance Company. Ms. Hoysradt previously held positions of increasing responsibility at AXA (The Equitable Life Assurance Society), Credit Suisse (The First Boston Corporation), and JP Morgan (Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company), where she was involved with a variety of investment management and transaction related areas. In addition to serving as a member of the DUMAC Board of Directors and its audit committee, she is a director of Carey Asset Management Corp. and a member of the investment committee of W.P. Carey & Co. (A.B., Duke University; M.B.A., Columbia University)
BRUCE A. KARSH is president of Oaktree Capital Management LLC and the leader of Oaktree’s distressed debt effort. In addition to actively managing the distressed debt funds, he is responsible for overseeing the investment of all of Oaktree’s private investment strategies. Prior to joining Oaktree, Mr. Karsh was a managing director of TCW and the portfolio manager of the TCW Special Credits Funds. Before joining TCW, Mr. Karsh worked as assistant to the chairman of Sun Life Insurance and SunAmerica, its parent. Previously, he was an associate with the law firm of O’Melveny and Myers and a judicial clerk to the Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy, then a federal circuit court judge and now an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. (A.B., Duke University; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law; trustee, Duke University; chair, DUMAC board of directors).
DAVID M. RUBENSTEIN is co-founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. From 1973-75, Mr. Rubenstein practiced law in New York. From 1975-76 he served as chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments. From 1977-1981, during the Carter Administration, Mr. Rubenstein was Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. After his White House service and before co-founding Carlyle, Mr. Rubenstein practiced law in Washington with Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge. Mr. Rubenstein is chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a regent of the Smithsonian Institution, vice-chairman of the board of the Brookings Institution, and the president of the Economic Club of Washington. He is on the board of directors or trustees of Johns Hopkins University, the University of Chicago, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Institute for Advanced Study, the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the American Academy in Berlin, and Ford’s Theatre. Mr. Rubenstein is a member of The Business Council, visiting committee of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors, the Woodrow Wilson School Advisory Council at Princeton, the board of trustees of the Young Global Leaders Foundation, the advisory board of the School of Economics and Management Tsinghua University, the Madison Council of the Library of Congress, and the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum. Elected to the Duke University Board of Trustees in 2005, he currently serves as chair. (A.B., Duke University; J.D., University of Chicago Law School)
LANTY L. SMITH is chairman and CEO of Tippet Capital, based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mr. Smith founded and serves as chairman of Precision Fabrics Group Inc., a leading manufacturer of high technology specification textile products. Prior to Precision, Mr. Smith was President of Burlington Industries Inc. and a partner in the international law firm of Jones Day. Mr. Smith also serves as chairman and CEO of Scion NeuroStim, a medical device development company he co-founded. Mr. Smith is a member of the board of directors of Piedmont Pharmaceutical, a research and development company. (B.S., Wittenberg University; L.L.B., Duke University; trustee emeritus, Duke University; trustee emeritus, The Duke Endowment; vice chair, DUMAC Board of Directors)
TALLMAN TRASK III is executive vice president of Duke University. As principal administrator and financial officer (treasurer), he is responsible for the budget, financial affairs, procurement, debt, campus planning, architecture, maintenance, construction, real estate, human resources, academic and administrative computing, audit, safety and security, and auxiliary services. Other duties include serving as an ex-officio member of the trustees’ committees on Business and Finance and Building and Grounds, and the board of directors of Duke University Health System. Prior to his assuming this position at Duke University in 1995, Dr. Trask was executive vice president at the University of Washington. From 1976 to 1986, Dr. Trask held several positions at the University of California, Los Angeles, culminating with his service as vice chancellor for academic administration. (A.B., Occidental College; M.B.A., Northwestern University; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles)
NEAL F. TRIPLETT is president of DUMAC Inc. He joined DUMAC in July 1999 and started working with public securities and hedged strategies. Eventually he began overseeing DUMAC’s hedged strategies investments, and he was appointed President in January 2007. Prior to completing business school, Mr. Triplett was a credit officer for the corporate and real estate portfolios at Wachovia Bank. Mr. Triplett holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. (A.B., Duke University; M.B.A., Duke University)
ASHOK VARADHAN is global head of macro trading, which includes interest rate products, foreign exchange, and FICC emerging markets, at Goldman Sachs. He also has oversight of the commodities business in the Americas. Mr. Varadhan serves on the firm’s Management Committee and the Securities Division Executive Committee, as well as the Growth Markets Operating Committee and the Firmwide Risk Committee. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1998 in swaps trading. He became head of USD Derivative Trading in 2000, head of North American Interest Rate Products in 2001, global head of Foreign Exchange in 2007, and global head of FICC Emerging Markets in 2008. Mr. Varadhan was named managing director in 2000 and partner in 2002. Prior to joining the firm, he was a vice president in swaps trading for Merrill Lynch. Mr. Varadhan serves as vice chairman of the United States Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee. He also serves on the board of directors of The Gateway School. (A.B., Duke University; attended Ph.D. Finance program at Stanford University)
JAMES C. ZELTER is the managing partner of Apollo Management’s capital markets business and is president and COO of Apollo Investment Corporation. Prior to joining Apollo Management, Mr. Zelter was a managing director of Citigroup (and its predecessor companies), where he held a variety of senior positions in the Global Fixed Income division. At Citigroup, Mr. Zelter ran the firm’s high yield and leveraged finance business and created the proprietary special situations group, a global credit opportunity mandate. In addition, he was chief investment officer of Citigroup Alternative Investments (CAI) from 2003 to 2005. Prior to joining Citigroup, Mr. Zelter was a vice president at Goldman Sachs in New York. (A.B., Duke University)