April 19. 2012 8:30AM

Marquette investment officer honored with national award

Sean Gissal, CFA, chief investment officer for Marquette University, has been named the Small Endowment Manager of the Year in Institutional Investor magazine's 2012 U.S. Investment Management Awards.

The awards recognize eight U.S. institutional investors whose innovative strategies resulted in impressive overall fund performance.
“This award reflects the thoughtful analysis and fiduciary responsibility Sean brings to one of Marquette’s most important financial systems,” said Chuck Lamb, vice president for finance. “We’re all incredibly proud of Sean and join Institutional Investor in lauding him for his exceptional work managing Marquette’s endowment.”
Gissal manages Marquette’s $400 million endowment. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1995. Prior to joining Marquette in 2005, Gissal was an investment analyst at Milwaukee Employees’ Retirement System. Before that, he was an investment associate at State Street Global Advisors.
Gissal will be honored at a dinner and ceremony on Monday, May 14 in New York. Also being honored with the 2012 Money Management Lifetime Achievement award is two-time Marquette alumnus Dan Fuss, vice-chairman of Loomis, Sayles & Co. Fuss is a 1955 graduate of Marquette’s College of Business Administration; he earned his graduate degree from Marquette in 1965.