Jim DeLisle, Ph.D., Named Director of Lewis White Real Estate Center


Jim DeLisle, Ph.D.

The Lewis White Real Estate Center at the UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management has announced the appointment of Jim DeLisle, Ph.D. to the position of center director, effective July 1, 2013.

According to Walt Clements, who has headed the White Center since its inception in 2008, “the real estate program at the Bloch School is growing and experiencing a lot of success, and we had a need for additional leadership to help drive that growth.”

Clements will remain active with the real estate program as a consultant and real estate professor.

DeLisle comes to the Bloch School from the University of Washington where he was director of graduate real estate studies and Runstad Professor of Real Estate. He has also taught real estate coursework in the Bloch School’s executive real estate programs. He has a Ph.D. in real estate and urban land economics from the University of Wisconsin.

In addition to his academic positions, DeLisle is also widely published, and was recently awarded the 2012 ICSC Research Award for Outstanding Service in recognition of his cumulative contribution of time, talents and efforts to various ICSC research initiatives.

After joining Prudential Real Estate Investors in 1987 and helping establish the Investment Research Department, DeLisle joined Equitable Real Estate where he served as Executive Vice President. After Lend Lease acquired the firm in 1997 he founded the Strategic Planning  Department before returning to academia in 1999.

According to Jerry White, who, along with his mother and sisters, founded the White Center with a $1.5 million gift in memory of his father, Lewis White, “The real estate programs at the Bloch School have seen great success in the community. In addition to undergraduate and graduate real estate courses, the School now offers a master and executive master of entrepreneurial real estate,” White said. “We need top-notch, entrepreneurial leadership and faculty to support our growth, and Jim’s experience and body of work fit our needs as we expand.”

“The real estate industry is facing increasingly complex challenges as it strives to satisfy the spatial needs of a rapidly urbanizing world.  The next generation of industry leaders must have the knowledge and skill sets that are needed to marshal the resources needed to create a better built environment,” DeLisle said. “I look forward to building on the solid foundation the Bloch Real Estate program has built to achieve our mission of creating a preeminent real estate program.”

The Lewis White Real Estate Center employs a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the art and science of real estate through cutting edge techniques of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking that is essential for success in today’s rapidly changing real estate world. In partnership with the UMKC Regnier Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the White Center offers executive, graduate and undergraduate programs focused on innovation and entrepreneurship in the real estate industry.

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