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William T. Spitz

Founder and Director Emeritus

As a Co-Founder of Diversified Trust, Bill has been instrumental in the ongoing  development of the firm’s investment platform. In 2024 he was named a Director Emeritus of the firm. From 1985 to 2007, Bill served as Treasurer and Vice Chancellor for  Investments of Vanderbilt University where he presided over a ten-fold increase in endowment assets, during which time its  investment performance placed in the top quartile of large endowments. Bill received NACUBO’s Rodney H. Adams Award  which recognizes significant contributions to the field of endowment management, and the Hirtle Callaghan Award of  Investment Leadership with exemplary investment management performance and unwavering professional ethics. He is also  the 2008 recipient of Foundation & Endowment Money Management’s Lifetime Achievement award.

Bill also serves on the Board of Directors of Mass Mutual Financial Group, Acadia Realty Trust, and is Trustee emeritus of Kenyon College in Ohio. He authored Get Rich Slowly: Building your  Financial Future through Common Sense and is a frequent speaker at financial conferences. Bill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago, where he was a Leon Carroll Marshall scholar.