Lois Cox, CFA, CFP
Senior Vice President for Investments/Chief Investment Officer
Lois Cox joined the KSU Foundation in January 2005. She leads the team responsible for managing approximately $950 million of short- and long-term investable assets. Prior to joining the KSU Foundation, Cox led the investment management of a $1 billion portfolio for two insurance companies and a defined benefit pension plan at Kansas Farm Bureau and Affiliated Companies. She was also a principal in FB Capital Management, a registered investment advisor.
Cox is a member and previous chair of the Finance Advisory Board for the K-State College of Business Administration. She also serves as an executive mentor in the college. Cox previously served as a governor-appointed trustee and chair of the Board of Trustees for the $19 billion Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS).
Cox graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from K-State. She holds a chartered financial analyst (CFA) designation and is a licensed certified financial planner (CFP).
In 2019, TrustedInsight investment news magazine recognized Cox as a leader in her field when it named her to its list of Top 30 University Endowment Chief Investment Officers.
Paul Chai, CFA, CAIA
Senior Director for Investments
Paul Chai joined the KSU Foundation in July 2018. Prior to joining the KSU Foundation, Chai was senior vice president at Grandway Asset Management, where he managed portfolios of hedge funds and a number of direct private equity and real estate investments. Earlier in his career, Chai had worked as a business process consultant at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (NYSE: TSM) and as an engineer at Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of United Technologies (NYSE: UTX).
Chai has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Master of Business Administration degree from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. Chai holds a chartered financial analyst (CFA) designation and is a chartered alternative investment analyst (CAIA); he has also passed Series 3 and Series 65 certification exams.
Isla Chu joined the KSU Foundation as an Investment Analyst in October 2020. She began her career with J.P. Morgan Private Bank, where she supported the Asia Head of Investments by developing, executing and advising on the strategic initiatives of the Investments and Solutions business. While in business school, she interned as a Private Equity Analyst at Waterwood Group, a Business Support Associate at Green Court Capital Management, and Research Assistant for Professor Nicholas Barberis at Yale University.
Chu has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and a Master of Business Administration degree from Yale School of Management. She is currently pursuing the CFA program and has passed the Level I exam.
Investment Student Assistant
Hannah Higgins, sophomore in finance and accounting at Kansas State University, joined the Kansas State University Foundation in May 2021. She is an active member of the K-State Student Finance Association, the Executive Mentorship Program, the Menard Family Scholars Program, and the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
During her time at K-State, Higgins was accepted into the financial analyst degree track and placed first among freshman in the Gates Capital Stock Pitch Competition.
After her May 2024 graduation, Higgins hopes to pursue a career in investment banking.
Investment Student Assistant
Jacob Wick, junior in finance at Kansas State University, joined the Kansas State University Foundation in May 2021. He is an active member of the K-State Student Finance Association, the co-ed business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi, the Sales Mentorship Program, and the Executive Mentorship Program.
After his May 2023 graduation, Wick hopes to pursue a career in wealth management.