VU investment office recruits trio of managing directors

Hall lieutenants have moved from San Francisco, New York

The Vanderbilt University investment office has hired three money management pros to oversee the management of several sections of its $3.7 billion endowment.

Shawn Goodman, Hunter McCrossin and Travis Shore all have come to Vanderbilt as managing director of investments. They join two other managers recruited late last year by Chief Investment Officer Anders Hall, who himself came to Nashville last summer. Both Goodman and McCrossin previously worked with Hall at Duke University.

Goodman will be responsible for public equities, natural resources and commodities. Most recently, he was a senior analyst at San Francisco-based Bocage Capital, a four-year-old commodity-focused hedge fund. He is a graduate of Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and California Polytechnic State University.

McCrossin will oversee private investments, but he will work across all public and private investments. He has come to Nashville from Arlon Group, an $850 million food and agriculture investment firm in New York City, and before that worked at private-equity firm Friend Skoler & Co. McCrossin also graduated from the Fuqua School after receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Shore will focus on hedge funds but also will work across all of Vanderbilt's public and private investments. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Florida and is a chartered financial analyst. Most recently, Shore was an investment director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in New York and also has worked at the New York University investment office.

Vanderbilt's endowment grew 8 percent last year and ranks as one the 25 largest university investment pools in the country.