Norm Miller, PhD, Named Ernest W. Hahn Chair of Real Estate Finance at the University of San Diego

The Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate, in the School of Business Administration at the University of San Diego, announced today that Norm Miller, PhD, has been bestowed the title “Ernest W. Hahn Chair of Real Estate Finance.”

"The School of Business Administration is pleased to announce this appointment of Norm Miller, who possesses all the qualities we want in a faculty leader," said David Pyke, dean of the SBA. "Norm is highly-regarded in the real estate field and brings a strong record in academia, enabling him to work collaboratively with industry and cross-campus. He offers students real-world perspectives grounded in research."

The University of San Diego established the Ernest W. Hahn Chair of Real Estate Finance in 1993, an endowed chair, as a lasting tribute to the late Ernie Hahn. Hahn was the former Chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees and former member of the Board. Hahn had a remarkably successful career in real estate development and real property management, specializing in regional shopping centers and neighborhood convenience stores. He founded his firm, The Hahn Company, in 1946 and it became a major national influence in commercial Real Estate development. The Chair is intended to serve as a perpetual testament to those highest of human qualities exhibited by Hahn--integrity, vision, dedication and concern for one’s fellow man.

Executive director emeritus, Mark. J. Riedy, PhD, was the first faculty member at the University to be awarded the prestigious Ernest W. Hahn Chair of Real Estate Finance. He held the title from 1993 through January 2015, when he retired from the University after 22 years of service.

“I'm honored to follow Mark Riedy in holding this Chair, named for a real estate industry icon,” said Miller. “I am proud to be a part of the real estate program at USD and to furthering the Center’s mission -- providing outstanding education, career services and cutting edge research.”

Miller joined the Burnham-Moores Center faculty in 2007. Before this, Miller was at the University of Cincinnati for many years where he was academic director and the founder of the real estate center. He received his PhD from the Ohio State University. Miller is active on the editorial boards of several journals and past president of the American Real Estate Society. He is the editor of the Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, which he founded in 2009. Miller’s book, Commercial Real Estate Analysis and Investment, is in its third edition and is the leading graduate-level textbook. He works extensively with various trade associations and is a sought-after speaker on commercial real estate and sustainability trends. He is a faculty member at the Homer Hoyt Institute, a nonprofit research and educational foundation dedicated to improving the quality of public and private real estate decisions.

Miller was also recently selected to receive one of only five University of San Diego 2014-2015 University Professorships. This is the highest academic honor bestowed university-wide and is in recognition of his outstanding scholarly achievements in teaching and research.




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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 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’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 recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that 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.