Lois Cox, CFA, CFP
Vice President for Investments/Chief Investment Officer
Lois Cox joined the KSU Foundation in January 2005. She leads the team responsible for the investment management of $640 million in endowed and expendable funds. 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
Director of 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.
Investment Assistant - Student
Reagan Irvin, senior in finance at K-State, joined the KSU Foundation in January 2018. She is an active member of the K-State Student Finance Association, Sales Team and serves as a Business Ambassador. She also served as a student fellow with the Center for Risk Management Education and Research.
During her time at K-State, Irvin had the privilege of studying international finance in Prague, Czech Republic. Irvin worked as a resident assistant, tutored and mentored 16 first-year students through the K-State First program. As a K-State student employee, Irvin was a finalist in the Kyle Pelton Student Employee of the Year Award. She received the Dean’s Scholarship from the College of Business Administration.
After her May 2020 graduation, Irvin wants to pursue a job at a nonprofit finance institution. She aspires to impact global economies through finance and education — increasing awareness of the positive and negative economic effects of non-profit organizations’ work in underprivileged economies.
Investment Assistant - Student
Artem Thuma, junior majoring in finance and minoring in entrepreneurship and Russian at K-State, joined the KSU Foundation in January 2019. He is involved with the College of Business Administration’s Student Finance Association.
His lifelong love of reading and affinity for better understanding what makes businesses grow, led him to work for the KSU Foundation where he serves as a student investment assistant. He is interested in understanding how people with the same knowledge can develop such varying degrees of viewpoints.
After his December 2020 graduation, Thuma hopes to work in the field of venture capital.