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Mark Eppli to Join UW Real Estate Faculty

Thursday, December 7, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Mandy Kaegy


The James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, the Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association (WREAA), and the Wisconsin REALTORS Association are pleased to announce that Mark Eppli (PhD ‘91, MS ‘84, and BBA ‘83), an experienced and highly regarded professor and administrator at Marquette University, will join the teaching and leadership team at the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate at the Wisconsin School of Business in August of 2018.  In his new position, Eppli will expand the Center’s role in applied commercial real estate research and its dissemination to industry groups, government organizations, academia, and among our students. His appointment supports the Center’s strategy to remain a global leader in real estate education by attracting industry leaders with a commitment to excellence. 


Currently, Eppli is acting Professor of Finance and Bell Chair in Real Estate at Marquette.  He has 25 years of academic and administrative leadership experience, including a three-year term as Interim Keyes Dean of Business Administration at Marquette University.  Prior to joining Marquette in 2002, he was Professor of Finance and Real Estate in the School of Business and Public Management at The George Washington University, where he directed the MBA program in Real Estate and Urban Development.  Eppli is an independent board member for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, a position he has held since 2012, and he is immediate past president of the nonprofit Real Estate Research Institute. Two years ago he was named a “Distinguished Fellow” by NAIOP, a national commercial real estate organization, which recognizes him as a foremost real estate policy expert.


"I could not be more pleased to have Mark Eppli join our leadership team. Not only is he a passionate Badger Real Estate alumnus, he brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the field of real estate, and strong connections with industry that will complement those of our faculty and staff," said Andra Ghent, Academic

Director of the Graaskamp Center for Real Estate at the Wisconsin School of Business. "He’s returning to his roots and we know he will be an important contributor in the Center's move to the next level.”

When asked about this new position, Eppli said, "I am thrilled to return home to my alma mater and the real estate program that provided me with the education that launched my professional and academic career in real estate.  This appointment is deeply meaningful to me as a first generation college student returning to my alma mater to teach, research, and serve at one the leading educational programs in our industry.”

“Mark’s return to the UW real estate program is exciting on many levels:  As a late 80’s Graaskamp Teaching Assistant, Mark began his commitment to educating real estate students and his dedication to teaching the fundamental skills necessary to succeed in our industry have continued ever since.  Mark will be an excellent addition to the existing esteemed faculty at UW. He has a magnetic personality and contagious passion for real estate; and in addition to his skills as a premier educator, he brings a unique combination of leadership, industry outreach and applied research to the program,” said Andrew Weir, WREAA President.


Eppli brings strong ties to industry, as Peter Sveum, Chairman of the Board for the Wisconsin REALTORS Association, notes, “Since its inception, the relationship between the Graaskamp Center and the Wisconsin REALTORS Association has embodied the concept of the ‘Wisconsin Idea’ and close ties between theory and practice.  We’re thrilled that a singular talent like Dr. Eppli has joined the faculty and we look forward to working with him and the Center to foster excellence in real estate education, research and outreach, consistent with the late Professor Graaskamp’s vision.”


About  Mark Eppli:

Eppli is widely published in commercial real estate finance, development, and valuation.  His research has been published in journals including Real Estate Economics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Land Economics, Journal of Fixed Income, Journal of Portfolio Management, Journal of Real Estate Research, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Real Estate Literature, The Appraisal Journal, and Real Estate Review, among others.  Additionally, he is the coauthor of two books, the fourth edition of Real Estate Development:  Principles and Process and Valuing the New Urbanism, both published by the Urban Land Institute.  In 1997, Mark was the recipient of the Greater Washington Urban League’s “Volunteer of the Year” award and in 1999 he received the Urban Land Institute’s “Star Performer” award for his efforts in attracting minorities to the real estate industry through outreach programs.

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