Chrystal Houston, February 24th, 2009
Charles Gilliland ’83, a research economist with the Texas Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School, has been appointed to the Helen and O.N. Mitchell Fellowship in Real Estate. As a researcher with the center since 1977, Gilliland has dedicated 32 years to the study of the Texas real estate market, as well as to the teaching of related subjects in the business school.
“The land cost is an important component of residential development and its financial feasibility,” says Cydney Donnell, executive professor of finance and director of real estate programs at Mays. “Dr. Gilliland is the leading authority on Texas land prices and is able to bring his unique knowledge about trends in land prices to the classroom.”
Wayne Etter, Mays professor emeritus of finance, also had high praise for Gilliland. “Dr. Gilliland’s well-earned reputation among real estate students and real estate professionals is built on a solid research career.Â He has numerous publications, but his reputation is further enhanced because of the many presentations he makes to real estate professionals throughout the stateâ€¦Certainly, his appointment as a Mitchell Fellow is a fitting recognition of his role in Texas real estate teaching and research.”
The Mitchell Fellowship supports a faculty member’s teaching, research and professional development. It is also meant to encourage cooperation with the Mitchell Master Builder Chair and the Mitchell Professorships in Construction Science, Land Development and Real Estate, both in the College of Architecture, as well as other faculty with a teaching focus on residential development, construction and design. The Mitchell family, founders and owners of History Maker Homes, funded the fellowship.
Gilliland holds degrees from Regis College and Texas A&M University. He earned a PhD from A&M in 1983, majoring in resource economics, econometrics, and real estate. He has worked for the Real Estate Center in a variety of research and teaching capacities since 1977. He has authored numerous articles for publications such as The Appraisal Journal and Tierra Grande, the quarterly magazine published by the center. He presents his research frequently to industry insiders, such as real estate investors and builders.