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Jim DeLisle to be Director of UMKC’s Henry Bloch School of Management

The Lewis White Real Estate Center at the UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Management has announced the appointment of Jim DeLisle, Ph.D. to the position of center director, effective July 1, 2013.

According to Walt Clements, who has headed the White Center since its inception in 2008, “the real estate program at the Bloch School is growing and experiencing a lot of success, and we had a need for additional leadership to help drive that growth.”

According to Jerry White, who, along with his mother and sisters, founded the White Center with a $1.5 million gift in memory of his father, Lewis White, “The real estate programs at the Bloch School have seen great success in the community. In addition to undergraduate and graduate real estate courses, the School now offers a master and executive master of entrepreneurial real estate,” White said. “We need top-notch, entrepreneurial leadership and faculty to support our growth, and Jim’s experience and body of work fit our needs as we expand.”

“The real estate industry is facing increasingly complex challenges as it strives to satisfy the spatial needs of a rapidly urbanizing world. The next generation of industry leaders must have the knowledge and skill sets that are needed to marshal the resources needed to create a better built environment,” DeLisle said. “I look forward to building on the solid foundation the Bloch Real Estate program has built to achieve our mission of creating a preeminent real estate program.”