Mark Shenkman, M.B.A. '67, trustee

Mark Shenkman

Mark R. Shenkman founded Shenkman Capital Management, Inc. in 1985. With 47 years of investment experience, and 39 years of high yield investment experience, he is considered one of the pioneers of the high yield bond and loan markets.  He is a co-author of two textbooks on the high yield market, entitled High Yield Bonds:  Market Structure, Portfolio Management and Credit Risk Modeling (McGraw Hill, 1999) and Leveraged Financial Markets (McGraw Hill, 2010).  Mr. Shenkman was President and Chief Investment Officer of First Investors Asset Management in New York.  He also was Co-Manager and Vice President of the High Yield Bond Department at Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb in New York, where he established one of Wall Street’s earliest departments dedicated to the research, selling and trading of high yield securities.  Mr. Shenkman was a research analyst and an equity portfolio manager at Fidelity Management and Research Company in Boston.  From 1977 to 1979, he managed the first high yield bond mutual funds at Fidelity. Additionally, Mr. Shenkman is a former member of the Board of Trustees at The George Washington University; He is amember of the Board of Directors of the UCONN Foundation.  Vice Chairman of the Board at Wilbraham & Monson Academy since 1969; and he currently serves on the College of William and Mary, Mason School of Business Board of Advisors.  He is also on the Board of Directors of the Hillel Foundation in Washington D.C.  Mr. Shenkman received a BA in Political Science from the University of Connecticut (1965) and an MBA from The George Washington University (1967). Mr. Shenkman also received a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from the University of Connecticut (2007).