James R. Hodge (BS'74)
Academy of Alumni Fellows 2013
A graduate of Marion High School, Hodge earned a bachelor’s degree with highest distinction in business in 1974 and went on to become president of Permal Asset Management Inc., one of the oldest and largest alternative asset management firms in the world. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a CPA in the state of New Jersey.
As President of Permal Asset Management Inc. and Chairman of the Investment Committee, Hodge is responsible for asset allocation as well as performance monitoring and research and analysis of fund managers. Prior to joining the Permal Group in 1987, Hodge spent four years with the New York Stock Exchange, holding a number of positions including Director of Cost Accounting. Beforehand he was the Controller of Biolectron, Inc., a privately held medical products company, for four years. Hodge is a director or alternate director of a number of independent offshore investment funds.
Hodge currently serves on the board of directors of the IU Foundation and on the Kelley School of Business Dean’s Council. A lifetime member of the IU Alumni Association, he also is a member of the IU Foundation President’s Circle and 1820 Society.
Hodge is the generous and humble lead donor of Hodge Hall, Kelley’s new undergraduate facility, with an expected completion date in Fall of 2014. At the naming ceremony Hodge said, "Forty years later, after the first time I set foot on this campus, in fact, both the building and I are due for a facelift…it makes me feel really good to do something with the goodness that's fallen on me, for the institution that's done so much for me."