Seasoned Real Estate Professional to Lead Graduate Real Estate Program at Bauer
Award-winning real estate industry veteran William “Bill” Pederson has been named the new executive director of the Graduate Real Estate Program at the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.
Pederson joins the college this month as previous executive director John Walsh steps down. Pederson holds a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation, commercial real estate’s global standard for professional achievement. He has held executive positions with The Henry S. Miller/Grubb & Ellis Companies, Trammell Crow Company, JMB Office Leasing and WEDGE Commercial Properties. While at Henry S. Miller, Pederson was a top producer and recipient of the Henry S. Miller Sr. Award.
Pederson is a Bauer College graduate and member of the Bauer College Alumni Association and the University of Houston Alumni Association. He also served as past director of the Houston Association of Realtors, past chairman of the Houston Association of Realtors Education Committee and past president of the Gulf Coast CCIM Chapter 20.
“We are happy to have Bill as a member of the Bauer College family,” Dean Latha Ramchand said. “He is a seasoned real estate professional and will bring his industry experience and passion for grooming talent to our program.”
Launched in 2012, the Graduate Real Estate Program has produced three classes of career-ready professionals, who have earned MBA, MS Finance and MBA/JD degrees with graduate real estate certificates. The college has worked alongside the program’s Executive Advisory Board of industry leaders to provide the resources, expertise and direction to build the program into a success in a short time.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Graduate Real Estate Program as its executive director,” Pederson said. “The C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston and the Executive Advisory Board, under the leadership of John Walsh, have done an outstanding job in quickly establishing a top tier applied real estate program, one that is yielding students ready to immediately contribute to their employers.”
He added: “I look forward to working with the university, the leadership and faculty of Bauer College and our industry partners as this program continues to add to its already outstanding reputation.”
In addition to Pederson, the program now includes an academic program director, Carolyn Foley, as well as a professional development program director, Ronda Dade.
“We were fortunate to have John Walsh involved with the Bauer College to build our Graduate Real Estate Program from the ground up,” Ramchand said. “John’s passion and persistence led to remarkable growth in the program, which now stands among the best in the nation at giving prospective real estate professionals an experiential learning environment and connecting them with seasoned veterans of the industry in Houston.”
She added: “We thank John for his dedication and service, and we are excited to bring Bill on board to continue to build the program.”
By Jessica Navarro