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Marshall Bennett Institute announces faculty changes for fall 2014

Posted: 07/29/2014
The Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate at Roosevelt University will have several major changes to its faculty line up in the fall.

Sofia Dermisi, an 11-year veteran professor with the program and a leading expert on sustainability and office markets in Chicago and around the nation, has accepted an appointment with the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments in Seattle, where she will be the Runstad Endowed Professor of Real Estate and chair of the university’s Interdisciplinary Group for the Master of Science in Real Estate program.

Meanwhile, veteran commercial real estate professor Thomas W. Hamilton will be joining Roosevelt’s real estate faculty this fall as the Institute’s new Gerald W. Fogelson Distinguished Chair in Real Estate.

A commercial real estate professor at the Opus College of Business at the University of St.  Thomas in Minneapolis, Minn. since 2000, Hamilton has a Doctor of Philosophy in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics and a Master of Science in Real Estate Investment Analysis from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is also an approved instructor MAI at the Appraisal Institute in Chicago and is the founder and president of Karvel-Hamilton Real Estate Analytics/PROTEC, a real estate research and consulting firm. 

“Dr. Hamilton brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our program.  He is a leading expert in appraisal valuations and marketing and we expect this expertise to strengthen our program,” said Jon B. DeVries, director of the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate at Roosevelt.

The University is currently seeking a replacement for Dermisi, who was the Institute’s Pasquinelli Professor of Real Estate, a mentor to the Institute’s Goldie Wolfe Miller Future Women Leaders initiative and a faculty sponsor for two winning Roosevelt teams in the Eisenberg Foundation Real Estate Competition in 2013 and 2014.

“We would like to thank Sofia Dermisi for her many years of involvement. She has been a mainstay in the continuing growth of Roosevelt’s real estate program as well as a founding faculty member of the Marshall Bennett Institute,” said DeVries.