David Swensen, Bye-Fellow of Clare College (1954-2021)
David Swensen, Bye-Fellow of Clare College (1954-2021)
Friday, May 7, 2021

The College was deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of bye-Fellow, Dr David Swensen. Dr Swensen was chief investment officer of Yale University from 1985 until his death this year.


The President of Yale University, Peter Salovey, said "David served our university with distinction. He was an exceptional colleague, a dear friend, and a beloved mentor to many in our community. Future generations will benefit from his dedication, brilliance, and generosity."


Dr Swensen visited Clare in 2018 when he delivered the Distinguished Lecture in Economics and Public Policy, speaking on his management of Yale's endowment and the strategies he employed to grow the fund by over $26 billion.


His speech is available to listen to on the Clare College website.