First Chief Investment Officer Named at Duquesne University

Matthew W. Rozyczka has been named Duquesne University's first-ever chief investment officer (CIO). He begins his role Tuesday, March 15.

Rozyczka will report to the senior vice president for finance and business and will provide strategic leadership and oversight of the University's long-term investment program, which is valued at almost $650 million. As CIO, he also will be responsible for portfolio positioning, manager selection and performance reporting. Rozyczka also will be in charge of building and developing the investment office at Duquesne.

"Duquesne's long-term investments are now of a sufficient scale and complexity that it will benefit from dedicated in-house management by a person with the skills, expertise and network that Matthew Rozyczka possesses," said Matt Frist, senior vice president for finance and business at Duquesne. "As the University continues to pursue bigger goals, hiring talented investment professionals like Rozyczka as opposed to relying on the advice of external consultants to manage our growing endowment will ensure that our students can continue to benefit from the horizon-extending power of a Duquesne education for many generations to come."

Rozyczka currently serves as managing director of The Dietrich Foundation, a Pittsburgh-based charitable trust created through the generosity of William "Bill" S. Dietrich II. Since joining the Foundation, Rozyczka has helped build out the philanthropic vision that includes policy, personnel and portfolio construction. Since it was established in 2013, the Foundation's portfolio has experienced significant growth and is currently valued at approximately $1.6 billion. The Foundation has distributed more than $200 million of financial support largely to higher educational institutions in the greater Pittsburgh area since its inception.

"I have been blessed to be a part of the Dietrich story and success to date. Working for a mission that benefits the community in which my family lives is a key driver for me," said Rozyczka. "My undergraduate alma mater's decision to seek a leader for its investment function offers a similar but distinct mission-one I enthusiastically embrace and endorse."

Rozyczka previously served as a senior portfolio manager at Mellon Capital Management and in analyst roles at the Federal Reserve and Federated Investors. He has a B.S. in finance from Duquesne University and an MBA in finance from the University of Notre Dame. Rozyczka also is a CFA (chartered financial analyst) and holds the FRM (financial risk manager) designation.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 8,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University’s academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim.

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