The speaker for our 160th Baccalaureate Commencement Exercises will be the eminent global investment expert Matthew W. Wright ’89. Mr. Wright is the Founder and President of Disciplina Group LLC, which includes Disciplina Advisors, a risk consultancy firm, and Disciplina Capital Management, an investment advisory firm.
Prior to founding the Disciplina Group, Mr. Wright was the Vice Chancellor for Investments and Chief Investment Officer of Vanderbilt University, where he led a 20-person team responsible for investment oversight of the university’s $3.9 billion long-term portfolio. His appointment to this position in 2007, made history, as Mr. Wright was the first African American to hold this title at a university with over a billion dollar endowment. Beforehand, he had served as the Director of Investments at Emory University. Mr. Wright has also worked for Bank of America Capital Management’s Quantitative Strategies Group as a portfolio manager and Xerox Corporation’s Trust Investments Department as an investment analyst.
Mr. Wright grew up in the area of Philadelphia. He was the youngest of three children. His father was a high school teacher, and his mother a social worker. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a major in Finance from Seton Hall and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Rochester in 1991. While at Seton Hall, he was no. 4 and an outfielder on the baseball team. He has been married for 25 years and has two teenage children. In recent years, he served as a member of Seton Hall’s Board of Regents.
He is a member of the CFA Institute, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and a Former Trustee and Investment Committee Chair for The Ensworth School in Nashville. Mr. Wright has been a featured speaker, moderator and panelist at industry conferences. In 2006, he was featured in the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group’s global advertisement campaign, which appeared in periodicals such as Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Institutional Investor magazine.