Drexel University’s Goodwin College of Professional Studies announced the establishment of an advisory board to provide industry support to the Property Management program. One of the board’s primary goals is to establish awareness for the program and its necessity and value. During its inaugural meeting on November 18, 2011, the board elected Michael Beirne, vice president of the Kamson Corporation, as chair, and John Kelly, director of management for Brandywine Realty Trust, as vice chair.
Other members of the board include David J. Adelman, president of Campus Apartments; Brett Altman, president of Altman Management Company; Deanna Ballinger, vice president of Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc. ; Pamela Bennett, director of the Apartment Association of Greater Philadelphia; Carl Dranoff, president of Dranoff Properties; James S. Korman, president of Korman Residential; Jean Maddalon, director of the New Jersey Apartment Association (NJAA); JoAnn McKay, director of the Institute of Real Estate Management (Phila., NJ); Brian Paule, director of management for The Galman Group; and Jeffrey Smith, president of Kreigman & Smith.
“The Property Management Advisory Board gathers some of the most accomplished industry professionals in the region,” said William F. Lynch, dean of Goodwin College of Professional Studies. “Their input will be instrumental to the continuing development and success of the Property Management program.”
Drexel is the first accredited university offering residential and commercial property management degrees at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The programs were launched in 2009 in response to a changing real estate climate, along with the projected growth within the property management industry. The Bachelor of Science and Master’s of Science degrees in Property Management, as well as undergraduate credit certificates in Residential Property Management and Commercial Property Management, were designed to help professionals become creative, forward-thinking leaders educated in the latest industry trends.
Drexel’s Customized Learning Solutions team worked closely with national and regional real estate associations to develop the curriculum for these degree programs, both of which address the need for university-educated property management professionals. The programs demonstrate Drexel’s commitment to creating customized education programs in response to today’s changing business trends.