Cydney C. Donnell

Executive Professor 
Director of Real Estate Programs
Associate Department Head
Julio S. LaGuarta Professorship in Real Estate


Ms. Donnell has been the Director of Real Estate Programs and an Executive Professor at the Mays Business School of Texas A&M University since March 2006, where she teaches in the Finance Department. Ms. Donnell was an Executive Professor at the Mays School from August 2004 to March 2006 and was a Visiting Lecturer from January 2004 to August 2004.

Ms. Donnell was formerly a principal and Managing Director of European Investors/E.I.I. Realty Securities, Inc. Ms. Donnell served in various capacities at EII and was Chair of the Investment Committee from 2002 to 2003, the Head of the Real Estate Securities Group and Portfolio Manager from 1992 to 2002 and Vice-President and Analyst from 1986 to 1992. Ms. Donnell served on the Board of European Investors Holding Company from 1992 to 2005. Prior to joining EII, she was a real estate lending officer at RepublicBanc Corporation in Dallas from 1983 to 1986.

In 2007, Ms Donnell was appointed to the Employees Retirement System of Texas Board of Trustees by Governor Rick Perry, where she has served as Board Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee.

Ms. Donnell currently serves on the Board of Directors of Madison Harbor Balanced Strategies Inc., a closed-end investment fund registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 and is a board member of two publicly traded REITs – American Campus Communities and Pebblebrook Hotel Trust. Ms. Donnell has served on the Board and Institutional Advisory Committee of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, or NAREIT.

She has also served in various leadership capacities for The Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University and the Junior League of the City of New York. Ms. Donnell received a B.B.A. from Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University

OTHER ACTIVITIES Lecturer at Industry Conferences and Educational Venues
Appearances on CNBC, Bloomberg News and Lifetime
Wall Street Journal, Barron’s Business Week Fortune Dallas Morning News