Originally founded by passionate real estate leaders in Colorado in 1989, the CU Real Estate Center is embarking on its 25th year at the University of Colorado. The Center we know today was formed on September 21, 1995 when the CU Real Estate Council, the University of Colorado Foundation and the University of Colorado at Boulder signed a Memorandum of Understanding to officially form the (previously known as) Intermountain CU Real Estate Center. The original executive committee of the CU Real Estate Council included Gary Antonoff, John Fahrenkrog, Cal Fulenwider, III, John Fuller, Cyrus Hackstaff, III, Andrew Kenney, Walter Koelbel, Carl Luppens, William Moore, Sol Raso, Bill Reynolds and Rod Slifer. 

The Center’s initial mission was to develop a real estate major within the existing graduate MBA program to prepare future leaders of the real estate industry, perform research on cutting edge developments in the field and provide the industry with a conduit to share and collaborate. This mission still guides the Center today. It is the spark behind the CU Real Estate Center Annual Forum and monthly newsletters. It is the reason we hold quarterly meetings of the International Advisory Board and promote academic research on topics of industry interest. And, it inspires the Center to work tirelessly to develop engaging events that educate and inform real estate professionals on contemporary topics. 

Today, real estate students at CU experience rigorous coursework, co-curricular activities, a personalized approach to networking and mentorship and hands-on learning experiences while attending the prestigious Leeds School of Business. Undergraduate and graduate real estate student enrollment continues to grow and placement remains strong. Our faculty is world-class and our instructors and lecturers bring industry experience in law, finance, architecture and development to the classroom. And, the CU Real Estate Center is led by Executive Director Michael P. Kercheval, a real estate executive with a proven track record of accomplishment and innovation.

The CU Real Estate Center now looks forward to celebrating its silver anniversary in 2022 and the promise of the next 25 years.