Philip Zecher is the Chief Investment Officer for Michigan State University, overseeing its $4.2 billion endowment.
Zecher was tapped to start MSU’s investment office in 2016 and under his leadership the endowment has risen to one of the top performing university endowments, leading him to be named one of the top 30 endowment CIOs by Trusted Insight magazine in 2020.
Before starting MSU’s investment office, Zecher was Partner and Chief Risk Officer of the currency hedge fund, EQA Partners. Prior to joining EQA, Zecher was the co-founder in 1999 of Investor Analytics, a New York City based risk advisory firm focused on the hedge fund and fund-of-funds industry. Investor Analytics was the first risk advisory firm to provide risk analytics as software-as-a-service via the internet. Zecher has served as a company director in the US and Ireland and as a member of several non-profit boards, including the MSU Foundation, before being named MSU’s CIO.
He is currently a member of the investment committee for the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. In 2015, Zecher was professor of finance at the Broad College of Business at MSU. He received his Ph.D. in nuclear physics from MSU.