Riedy to Retire from the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate

Mark J. Riedy, PhD to Retire After Two Decades as Executive Director of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 15, 2014—Mark J. Riedy, PhD, announced his retirement as executive director of the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate (BMC) at the University of San Diego (USD). Riedy, a nationally recognized industry leader, started the real estate program at USD in 1993. He plans to leave the position in January 2015.

“Programs and services developed under Riedy’s leadership consistently are of the highest quality and create terrific academic and career opportunities for USD students,” said David Pyke, PhD, dean of the School of Business Administration (SBA) at USD. “Simultaneously, they have forged strong relationships with and loyalty among literally thousands of alumni and other industry professionals. Industry support that Riedy has garnered since 1993, testifies to his understanding of the industry’s needs, his relationship-building skills and his leadership and ability to communicate a vision and turn it into reality.”

As executive director, Riedy assembled the BMC’s talented team of faculty and staff, who are supported directly by more than 110 industry thought leaders serving on the Center’s four Policy Advisory Board committees. Among their many joint accomplishments are an annual conference series attracting 700+ industry executives each year, annual conferences for women in leadership and residential real estate and other programs of value to real estate professionals; a highly successful graduate Master of Science in Real Estate (MSRE) degree program and undergraduate majors and minors in real estate; and a popular Continuing Education certificate program for working adults. A BMC team of MSRE students has topped every U.S.-based team in the ARGUS University Software Challenge in each of the five years this international intercollegiate competition has been held.

Riedy’s outreach and fundraising capacity are unparalleled. His connections and relationships within the industry helped establish the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate in 2004 as an endowed real estate center.

“Mark has provided outstanding leadership and will leave a tremendous legacy for the real estate program at USD,” said Ian Gill, president of Highland Partnership, Inc. and chairman of the Center’s Policy Advisory Board Executive Committee.

A search committee at USD, comprised of SBA administrators, BMC faculty and Executive Committee leaders, intends to identify a highly qualified successor before year-end to facilitate a seamless transition in the Center’s leadership.

“The candidate ultimately selected must be able to build upon the BMC’s firm financial and operational foundation, one of Mark’s major legacies,” said Pyke. “USD’s real estate program is well-positioned to reach new heights both academically and in terms of the mutual benefits of the BMC’s extraordinary relationships with the real estate industry. Riedy’s successor will be highly qualified to achieve these goals and add to the stature not only of the BMC, but also the SBA and the university as a whole.”

About the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate
The Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate at the University of San Diego is committed to creating exceptional value for the real estate professionals of today and tomorrow through personalized education and career services, industry support, research and the promotion of socially responsible leadership. As a part of the University’s School of Business Administration, the Center offers a Master of Science in Real Estate degree, an undergraduate major and minor in real estate, a continuing education certificate and several major industry conferences throughout the year. For more information about the Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, visit www.usdrealestate.com.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


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