Institutional Investors

Cornell formally appoints Edwards as CIO


Cornell University’s $5.3 billion endowment will be overseen by AJ Edwards, who was recently appointed as chief investment officer after serving as interim CIO since last May.

The search for a new CIO began in 2010, when James Walsh left to form a new hedge fund – Cayuga Partners. He had previously been based in the UK and had spent 11 years at Hermes Investment Management. Edwards became interim CIO when Michael Abbott stepped down from his post as chief investment officer on 1 May 2011. According to university officials, it had become apparent that Abbott’s style of