Two Top Pennsylvania Pension Fund Officials to Retire Amid Federal Probe



Two top officials at Pennsylvania’s largest pension fund are retiring amid a federal investigation and calls by some board members for their ouster.

The board of Pennsylvania’s $64 billion Public School Employees’ Retirement System voted Thursday to approve resolutions accepting the retirement of Glen Grell, the executive director, and Jim Grossman, the chief investment officer. Board members approved plans for both men to stay on in temporary advisory positions and authorized the board chair to begin a search for their replacements.

The fund has been racked by turmoil since board members learned in March that a report of investment returns was too high. The accurate figure was low enough to trigger an increase in payments from employees that the plan serves. Investigations conducted by the fund haven’t found wrongdoing on the part of investment staff.

The board said in April that it had hired law firms to investigate the miscalculation and to respond to a federal grand jury subpoena requesting documents. The pension declined to comment on what information the grand jury is seeking.

Author(s): Heather Gillers

Publication Date: 18 Nov 2021

Publication Site: Wall Street Journal

CalPERS seen weighing proposal on rule changes for hiring, firing of CIO



The CalPERS board is looking at a change in the way it will decide who replaces Yu ‘Ben’ Meng as CIO of the fund.

CalPERS board is expected to weigh a move that would modify a recent governance change calling for the full board in conjunction with the CEO to hire, evaluate and terminate the pension fund’s CIO.


Publication Date: 23 February 2021

Publication Site: Pensions & Investments