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UW Real Estate Program Timeline
Wisconsin Legislature passes a bill to establish the University of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Governor Nelson Dewey approves UW through incorporation act and invests its government in a Board of Regents.
First class meets at the University of Wisconsin.
Board of Regents exonerates liberal Professor Richard T. Ely of economics heresy charges and supports the principle of academic freedom.
Commerce program established at University of Wisconsin-Madison becomes one of the first six commerce programs in the United States.
Beta Gamma Sigma National Business Honor Society established at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Commerce program becomes one of 17 charter members of the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business.
Professor Richard B. Andrews joins the faculty as a research assistant, becomes an instructor in 1948, assistant professor in 1951, associate professor in 1955, professor in 1962, and emeritus professor in 1981. He is regarded by many as the thought leader in the urban land economics approach to urban and regional planning.
Department of Business at University of Wisconsin-Madison awarded separate school status by the Wisconsin     Legislature, to become the School of Commerce (later to be changed to Business). Richard U. Ratcliff joins the School of Commerce faculty as an associate professor until 1968. The late Jim Graaskamp credited Ratcliff with "developing the theoretical framework for reform of traditional real estate appraisal methods.”
Real estate program at University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business is the first in the country to be recognized by the National Association of Realtors.
James Graaskamp earns his doctorate in Real Estate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business.
Graaskamp joins the School of Business Real Estate faculty.
Richard Ratcliff leaves the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Graaskamp takes the helm of the Real Estate Department, to be affectionately known by alumni thereafter as "The Chief.”
The Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Association is formed.
Dorothy Ratcliff donates books and monographs from the late Richard Ratcliff’s collection to the School of Business Library.
Real Estate alumni announce plans for a fund drive to create a Real Estate Endowment Fund at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Graaskamp becomes the sixth recipient of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers’ Alfred E. Reinman Award for contributions to the growth and development of the appraisal profession. He is also named to the Salomon Brothers, Inc. academic real estate advisory board.
April 22 marks the end of the life of Real Estate Department Head Jim Graaskamp, and within weeks, a search for a well-qualified successor begins. Graaskamp's collection of books donated to School of Business.
A new era in Real Estate Department history begins with the appointment of Professory Kerry Vandell as Chair of the Real Estate Program.
Professors Richard Green, Stephen Malpezzi, and James Shilling round out an outstanding new Real Estate faculty.
Program identified as one of top real estate programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

ULI publishes Graaskamp on Real Estate (edited by Stephen P. Jarchow), which is the first publication of Jim Graaskamp’s papers in omnibus.

Passage of legislation funding the expanded Center for Urban Land Economics Research.

Senior Lecturer Rod Matthews leads a group of 30 students and faculty on the first intersession trip in International Real Estate.
Kerry D. Vandell steps down as Chair of the Department, continues as Director of CULER. Professor James Shilling is named Department Chair.
Graaskamp Memorial Fund Raising Campaign reaches its goal of $1 Million. Funds donated to establish the Lorin and Marjorie Tiefenthaler Endowed Chair in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics.

Program ranked second in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

Kerry D. Vandell is named as the first Lorin and Marjorie Tiefenthaler Chair of Real Estate and Urban Land Economics. James D. Shilling is named as the first James A. Graaskamp Chair of Real Estate and Urban Land Economics.
Donation by TOLD Development Company makes possible the establishment of the Robert E. Wangard Chair in Real Estate.
Professor Richard Green becomes Department Chair.
Establishment of the Applied Real Estate Security Analysis Program.
Timothy Riddough accepts position in the Real Estate and Urban Land Economics Department as an Associate Professor and is named the first E.J. Plesko Chair of Real Estate Finance.
Professor Stephen Malpezzi becomes Department Chair.
François Ortalo-Magné joins the faculty as Associate Professor of Real Estate.

Professor Timothy Riddiough becomes Academic Director of the Center for Real Estate, formerly CULER.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Real Estate proudly announces that nearly 600 alumni and friends have raised nearly $11 million in donations and will re-name the Center after the late professor James A. Graaskamp, a legendary figure in real estate education.
Morris Davis joins the faculty as Assistant Professor of Real Estate.
The dedication of the UW Graaskamp Center for Real Estate takes place.
Associate Professor François Ortalo-Magné is named Department Chair.

Professor Abdullah Yavas joins the department from Penn State University.

Professor Stephen Malpezzi becomes Academic Director of the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate.

Erwan Quintin joins the faculty as Assistant Professor.

François Ortalo-Magné, former Department Chair, is named Dean of the School of Business.


Global Real Estate Master’s (GREM) Program for international students in inaugurated.



Jaime Luque joins the Real Estate and Urban Land Economics program as an Assistant Professor.

Abdullah Yavas is named Chair of the Department of Real Estate.


Moussa Diop joins the Real Estate and Urban Land Economics program as an Assistant Professor.

Wisconsin Real Estate Undergraduate Program is ranked number one by U.S. News and World Report.



Andra Ghent joins the Real Estate and Urban Land Economics program as an Assistant Professor.


Andra Ghent is named Academic Director of the Graaskamp Center.



Timothy Riddiough was named Chair of the Department of Real Estate.


Mark Eppli is named Director of the Graaskamp Center.



The MS-Business Real Estate Degree gains approval to be offered for the fall of 2019.

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