Six years ago, the College of Business Administration initiated efforts to establish an undergraduate major program in the area of commercial real estate by hiring Dr. Mark Eppli as the Bell Chair in Real Estate. Under his leadership these efforts have been highly successful in attracting students, being a thought-leader in research, and building relationships within the industry.
The CRE was established in 2008 through the efforts of Founding Members who contributed more than $800,000 in initial operating funds. Work continues on building an endowment to permanently fund and operate the CRE. The CRE was established to generate, disseminate and deepen commercial real estate knowledge on many fronts: on campus, in Milwaukee, throughout the Midwest and on a national level by focusing on Applied learning through our three pillars: Teaching, Research and Outreach. The Center’s vision is to be a nationally recognized leader of undergraduate learning among applied commercial real estate programs. As the only Jesuit university in the country offering a commercial real estate curriculum, the program is uniquely grounded on a solid foundation of business principles, ethics and an environment that engages students, professionals and academics alike.