Malin and Roberta Burnham Make $2.3 Million Leadership Gift to Support USD Real Estate Students, Faculty

Thursday, September 19, 2019TOPICS: Leadership

Malin Burnham, Emeritus policy advisory board member at the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, announced a $2.3 million gift to support USD real estate students and faculty.Malin Burnham, Emeritus policy advisory board member at the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, announced a $2.3 million gift to support USD real estate students and faculty.

The Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate (BMC) within the University of San Diego School of Business, announced a $2.3 million leadership gift from real estate icon and San Diego native Malin Burnham, founder of Burnham Foundation, and his wife Roberta. The gift is provided to the BMC and will support University of San Diego School of Business real estate student scholarships, real estate faculty and the general mission of the center. Burnham is a long-time supporter of USD’s real estate program and serves as an Emeritus policy advisory board member at the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate.

The announcement was made Thursday morning in front of more than 300 real estate industry executives at the BMC’s Breakfast at the BMC Lecture Series event on the university’s campus. USD President James T. Harris III made the announcement about the Burnham leadership gift as part of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate’s Campaign for 2020.

The goal of the Campaign is to raise $10 million, which will serve the mission of the Burnham-Moores Center, including new scholarship endowment funds to attract the most qualified real estate students to USD and funding to enhance the ability to recruit and retain the nation’s top faculty in real estate. To date, $3.4 million has been raised. Burnham’s gift will be leveraged to raise additional funds in support of the Campaign for 2020Read Campaign Case Statement.

“Roberta and I have been so impressed with what the leadership of the Burnham-Moores Center has been able to accomplish over the years with the support of the University of San Diego School of Business,” says Burnham. “The way the center engages with the San Diego real estate community, for the benefit of both the undergraduate and graduate students at the university, made it a very easy decision to make this gift. We are extraordinarily pleased to support the center and look forward to watching its continued success for years to come.”

Burnham’s relationship with the University of San Diego School of Business real estate program dates back to 2004 when he, John Moores, founder of JMI, and senior management and brokers of Burnham-Real Estate Services made a $5 million endowment gift to support the real estate program at USD. This pivotal gift was recognized with the naming of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate. The first cohort of the Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) program and the Real Estate Finance, Investments and Development Certificate program also commenced the same year.

Prior to 2014, the undergraduate real estate program (named the number one program in the nation by College Factual in 2018 and 2019) began in 1993 with a $1.5 million gift, provided by more than 100 donors (friends and family of Ernie Hahn and industry leaders) who were dedicated to creating a world-class real estate program at the University of San Diego School of Business. That gift created an endowment to name the Ernest W. Hahn Chair of Real Estate Finance.

“Malin’s generosity and support of San Diego institutions are legendary and we are very grateful for this latest gift to help take the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate to a new level of excellence,” says Harris.

“The number one ranking of the real estate program by College Factual, two years in a row, demonstrates that our mission is working,” says Stath Karras, executive director at the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate. “We are incredibly grateful to Malin and Roberta for their generous gift and continued support in the form of time, talent and treasure. Malin’s initial gift in 2004, established an endowment to name our center. His continued support is a testament to his confidence in and support of the long-term success of the University of San Diego School of Business real estate program.”

— Kimberly Malasky

Contact:

Kimberly Malasky
kmalasky@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4786