Blackstone Group Inc.’s Verdun Perry said the private equity industry needs to step up when it comes to diversifying its ranks and increase the number of places where it seeks out talent.

The largest alternative asset manager, which recruited from just nine schools in 2015, now searches for future employees at 44 of them, including historically Black colleges and universities, Perry said Tuesday during Bloomberg’s New Voices event.

“We’ve got to increase the funnel,” said Perry, a Morehouse College graduate who runs Blackstone Strategic Partners, a $38 billion unit focused on buying investors’ existing stakes in private equity funds. “You can’t just go back to your alma mater or talk to a friend of yours from the country club and then say, ‘I’ll hire your son.”’

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