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State Universities Retirement System of Illinois

SURS is the administrator of a cost-sharing, multiple-employer public employee retirement system established July 21, 1941, to provide retirement annuities and other benefits for employees, survivors, and other beneficiaries of those employees of the state universities, community colleges, and certain other state educational and scientific agencies. SURS services 61 employers and approximately 241,000 members and annuitants. The plans administered by SURS include a defined benefit plan established in 1941, a defined contribution plan established in 1998 and a deferred compensation plan established in 2021. SURS is governed by an 11-member board of trustees that includes four members elected, two annuitants elected, and five members appointed by the Governor, of which one is the appointed chair of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.


United States

AUM ($B)




Chief Executive

Suzanne M. Mayer

Chief Investment Officer

Douglas Wesley


John Atkinson

Asset allocation

41% Global Public Equity

14% Credit Fixed Income

5% Core Real Assets

6% Options Strategies

7.5% Private Equity

2.5% Non-Core Real Assets


8% Core Fixed Income

3.5% Crisis Risk Offset - Systematic Trend Following

3% Crisis Risk Offset - Alternative Risk Premia

3.5% Crisis Risk Offset - Long Duration

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