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Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship


Anthony B. Sanders - Director, Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship

Anthony B. Sanders, Director, Center for
RealEstate Entrepreneurship

The newly founded Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship strives to advance real estate research and education in real estate development and finance. Working in partnership with leading real estate developers, professionals and organizations in the Washington, D.C., area, the center develops relevant content for the business and academic communities.

 Along with an advisory board consisting of George Mason faculty and top local real estate professionals, the center is run by Anthony B. Sanders, Distinguished Professor of Real Estate Finance. Both the center and the new academic programs are strongly supported by the local real estate community and NAIOP Northern Virginia with financial resources, teaching and mentoring.

Sanders came to Mason from Arizona State University and previously taught at the University of Chicago, University of Texas at Austin and The Ohio State University. He also served as director and head of asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities research at Deutsche Bank in New York City and frequently testifies on Capitol Hill.

"We seek to advance innovative and critical multidisciplinary research on real estate development and finance. This is accomplished through high-quality research, educational programs and community outreach. The center conducts seminars, workshops, and forums on timely topics such as the Distressed Asset Crisis in Commercial Real Estate and the Economics of Green Real Estate Development," says Sanders. “We also host distinguished individuals from the real estate community who speak on campus and in our classes. We also work with adjunct faculty on case studies from the region and plan applied research projects.”

The Master of Science in Real Estate Development is a 36-credit program that offers four specialized tracks including real estate development, real estate finance, construction management, and environment and sustainability. Housed within the School of Management, it is a cross-disciplinary program that draws support from the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering and the School of Public Policy.

The center’s other academic program is a Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Finance. The program—which delivers training in real estate finance, investment, and valuation—is designed to serve industry leaders from the Washington, D.C., area as well as enrolled graduate students within the School of Management who seek to enhance their position as current or future leaders in the field.

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*The original article appears on p. 5 of the School of Management 2010 Dean's Report.

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