Published: Oct. 10, 2023

CUREC’s new leader plans to partner with industry to provide top-notch experiences for students.

The Koelbel Building shot at a distance in fall.

Following a comprehensive national search, the Leeds School of Business is pleased to announce the CU Real Estate Center’s next Sherman R. Miller Executive Director, Julie Gibson. She will join CUREC and the Leeds community in January 2024.

Gibson, who holds a degree in business administration from Pepperdine University and an MBA from Portland State, has served as director of the Portland State University Center of Real Estate for nearly two decades. She brings a wealth of experience leading a real estate center at the intersection of faculty, students, community partners, industry leaders and employers. Prior to her work in higher education, Gibson served as vice president for underwriting at PNC bank.

Julie Gibson delivers remarks from a lectern.

Julie Gibson, the CU Real Estate Center’s next Sherman R. Miller Executive Director

“I have admired CU Boulder's Real Estate Center for many years from afar,” said Gibson. “The center's real estate program has experienced tremendous growth in the past few years, and I look forward to developing innovative industry partnerships to teach and educate the next generation of real estate professionals.”

Vijay Khatri, dean of the Leeds School of Business, praised the extensive work of CUREC’s International Advisory Board (IAB) in conducting the robust search that ultimately identified Gibson as the right leader to take real estate education and student experience to the next level.

“In meeting with Julie, I was struck by her deep experience in real estate education and passion for the next generation of industry leaders,” said Khatri. “Our Centers of Excellence and the CU Real Estate Center are vital to a positive student experience at Leeds, and I am hopeful that under Julie’s leadership, CUREC will continue to contribute to our excellence in student-centered education, research impact and external community engagement.”

Gibson notes that industry partnerships are key to the center’s work to create awareness, education and pathways for students to land in commercial real estate careers. She plans to work collaboratively to build an even stronger real estate student experience at Leeds.

“As I look ahead to joining the CU Boulder team, I see an opportunity to leverage the strong industry and alumni partnerships already in place and grow opportunities for students to deepen their knowledge and connections in commercial real estate,” said Gibson. “With top real estate faculty and an outstanding international advisory board of leaders from a variety of commercial real estate sectors, CUREC is positioned well to become a nationally recognized program.”

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