The curriculum, designed to prepare students for executive positions in commercial, residential and corporate real estate, is the first program of its kind initiated among the 101 historically black colleges and universities in the US.
“African Americans are significantly underrepresented in commercial real estate investment and management roles,” said Anthony C. Nelson, Ph.D., dean of the North Carolina Central University School of Business. “Quality education, coupled with real-world interaction with real estate investors and managers, provides the path for advancement and opportunity.
“It is essential to develop the next wave of talent, and to make sure that talent comes from a much more diverse pool than it has previously,” said CRC COO David Donato, who has been chosen to serve on the program’s advisory board.
Lisa McDuffie arrives at ConnectCRE via REALTOR® world, where she served for nearly two decades as communications director for one of the nation’s largest REALTOR® organizations. She supported two membership-elected presidents who were commercial real estate practitioners, and managed the communications initiatives of the organization’s commercial special interest group.
When not following the latest commercial real estate news, Lisa is zeroed in on her charismatic off-the-track thoroughbred as she makes the transition from an utterly failed racehorse to a lovely show hunter.
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