Steven Ku '91
For Steven Ku, BBA ’91, “philanthropy runs in the family.” Steven, Chief Operating Officer and Partner of Visium Asset Management, is also the co-founder of the SunnyGlen Foundation, along with his wife, Mia Chang, BA ’93. SunnyGlen’s mission, to improve the lives of children through access to education, mirrors the spirit with which Steven serves the Pace community. Inspired by the commitment of Pace University to providing its students with an education that balances academic achievement with practical skills, Steven serves as a member of the Lubin Advisory Board. At the Celebrate Lubin! this November, he will accept the School’s highest honor, the Lubin Alumni Achievement Award, in recognition of his community service, support of the Lubin School, and his talents in leadership.
Steven’s path to success, like that of many students at Lubin, has been fluid and evolving. After emigrating from South Korea and settling in Queens, NY, Steven first studied engineering before recognizing that his talents lay elsewhere. “When I realized I couldn’t understand calculus,” he quips, “I knew I shouldn’t go into engineering.” Pursing his personal interest in finance led Steven to Pace’s Lubin School of Business in 1987, where he studied accounting by night while working by day. Lubin’s reputation as a stellar school of accounting, as well as its prime position in Lower Manhattan, initially drew Steven to study there but, as he recalls his student years, Steven remembers the lessons learned from his electives in music, arts, and communication as clearly as his core education in business fundamentals. “One of my favorite classes was Speech…it was just eye-opening. That’s where I actually learned a lot about human behavior.”
After graduating from Lubin with a BBA in Public Accounting, Steven began his career at Ernst & Young in New York providing assurance and consulting services to clients in banking and asset management, and his professional career has included tenures at Caxton Associates as a Financial and Operations Principal, Moore Capital Management as an Assistant Controller, and Balyasny Asset Management as a Controller. Steven formerly served as Visium’s Chief Financial Officer until 2014 and now, as the firm’s COO, he is involved in business strategy, finance, operations, compliance, investor relations and risk management among other areas of the firm and divides his time between Visium’s offices in New York and London, and also travels abroad with Mia and their two daughters for humanitarian missions on behalf of SunnyGlen and NextGen Church. Steven remains committed to the growth of the Lubin School, inspired by the leadership of Dean Neil S. Braun and the energy and purpose with which the School is preparing its students for the future.