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Rakesh Dahiya

Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer


As the University’s treasurer and chief investment officer, Rakesh Dahiya is responsible for oversight of the $1.5 billion endowment, mineral interests and planned giving assets. He works with the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees, setting agendas, developing policies, formulating investment strategies, as well as recommending specific investment managers and vehicles for carrying out the investment program. As a senior officer at SMU, Dahiya serves on the President’s Executive Council and works with leadership on matters related to endowment spending and the communication of endowment strategy and performance. He oversees investment research and analysis, implementation, risk management, accounting, performance measurement and reporting associated with the investment process, and with the management of real estate and mineral interests. Dahiya joined SMU in September 2016 after five years as Director of Marketable Strategies from the University of Florida Investment Corporation (UFICO). Prior to UFICO, he spent nine years at Washington University in St. Louis, and six years at Ralston Purina. Dahiya graduated from Iowa State University (B.B.A., Finance, 1994) and the University of Illinois (M.B.A., 1996).

Philip Griffin, CFA

Director of Investments


Philip Griffin is Director of Investments and previously served as an Investment Analyst for seven years. He oversees and makes recommendations for outside managers in all asset classes and strategies, including long-only equity, fixed income and credit, diversifying strategies, private equity, venture capital, real estate, energy and timberland.  Philip earned his B.B.A. from Southern Methodist University, where he was a President’s Scholar, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute.


Office of the Treasurer
P.O. Box 750193
Dallas, Texas 75275
Phone: 214 768-2802
Fax: 214 768-3786