Well-known Chicago real estate professional Collete English Dixon has been appointed executive director of Roosevelt University’s Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate and chair of real estate in the Heller College of Business, effective June 1.
A real estate practitioner with more than three decades of experience in transactions, finance and joint ventures, English Dixon replaces Jon B. DeVries, the Institute’s founding director, who will retire on June 30 after 15 years of service.
During a distinguished career, English Dixon served as executive director and vice president of transactions for PGIM Real Estate (formerly known as Prudential Real Estate Investors) where she co-led the national disposition efforts.
Previously, she was vice president of Midwest Region Acquisitions, where she led the Midwest new investment effort in seven markets. Among her top investments were the development of 550 West Washington, Lincoln Center II and III in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, and Marshfield Plaza in Chicago, and the acquisition of a three-property Kimpton Hotel portfolio in Chicago, Denver and Salt Lake City..
“I’m very excited about joining the University and the Marshall Bennett Institute leadership team at this important point in the Institute’s development,” said English Dixon. “It will be an honor to follow the successful tenure of Jon DeVries, and I’m looking forward to working with the University and the Institute’s Real Estate Advisory Board to move the program to even higher levels of achievement and success.”
English Dixon has been a longtime supporter of the Institute, having served as a member of its advisory board and as a mentor to Roosevelt’s real estate students. She also was an initial member of the advisory council for the Institute’s Goldie B. Wolfe Miller Women Leaders in Real Estate Initiative and chaired the council from 2012-14.
“We are pleased to have Collete English Dixon serve as the executive director of the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate,” said Lois Becker, Roosevelt provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “She has the perfect mix of real life experience and academic knowledge that will make the program successful for our students.”
In addition to her work in real estate, English Dixon is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, and three real estate associations. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration-finance from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Mercer University. She is a resident of River Forest, Illinois.
Since its founding in 2002, the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate has grown to become one of the largest graduate real estate programs in the country with more than 50 current students and over 500 graduates. Degrees offered include the Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Real Estate and the Master of Science in Real Estate.