Since its launch in 2015, NDIGI has sought to become the preeminent, university-based investment management research and education program worldwide, convening ideas and people around critical industry topics. It has three main priorities:
- To promote research and thought leadership. NDIGI will establish Notre Dame as a global presence, synonymous with best-in-class research and market application of investment principles.
- To educate and train. NDIGI will set graduates apart from those of other institutions as a result of the premier education and values that stem from the University mission.
- To convene stakeholders. NDIGI will be a resource for the industry on ideas and talent so that Notre Dame and its graduates are recognized as setting the standard of ethical leadership in the competitive global investment markets.
To better support these priorities, NDIGI has been restructured to operate with two faculty appointments in leadership positions in addition to the managing director position. The new leadership structure is as follows:
Faculty Director: Colin Jones, associate teaching professor of finance, will serve in this role, where he will be responsible for developing and directing the Institute’s academic curriculum and student programs, recruiting and coordinating key faculty to participate in the Institute’s programs, and representing NDIGI at selected Wall Street events and industry forums.
Managing Director: Erin Bellissimo, as the NDIGI managing director, is responsible for setting the strategic priorities and managing its operations in collaboration with the faculty and research directors. This includes developing and directing curriculum and programs, mentoring students, supporting faculty research, and building and facilitating relationships among the Institute’s key constituents.
Research Director: This is a new position to be filled by finance professor Shane Corwin, who previously served as NDIGI faculty director until June 30, 2020. In this role, Shane will be responsible for leading the Institute’s research efforts and serving as a conduit for academic investing-related research to be shared with NDIGI stakeholders and the practitioner community.