With former director R. Malcolm Richards’ departure to accept a post as dean at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, long-time Real Estate Center associate director Gary Maler has stepped in as interim director.

Maler has been with A&M for 27 years, and has been a Real Estate Center administrator since 1991. As associate director, Maler shared responsibility for leading and managing the center’s research, education and communications activities. He directly managed large research projects, such as Harris Interactive’s 2004 “Homebuying Among Ethnic Groups” survey.

Along with members of the Texas Real Estate Commission, Maler served on a task force that examined problems with mandatory continuing real estate education. He helped facilitate the standardization of the curricula for the required legal and ethics courses. Under his guidance, the center took on the responsibility of writing new textbooks and teacher guides and training real estate teachers to teach these essential courses.

Maler is well known throughout the Texas real estate community, having facilitated hundreds of focus groups and strategic thinking and decision-making meetings. He has taught strategic thinking in the Mays Business School’s Center for Executive Development.