The Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate

Producing Real Estate Leaders Since 1958

San Diego State University's real estate education program is a pioneering initiative that has been producing exceptional graduates since 1958. As the first program of its kind in the California State University System, San Diego State University has a rich history and legacy of excellence in real estate education.

The Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate, named after Corky McMillin, one of Southern California's most prominent home builders, was established with a generous donation from the McMillin family. Along with founding partners H.G. Fenton Company, Cassidy Turley, Cornerstone Communities, and Cushman & Wakefield, the McMillin family demonstrated their commitment to the future of real estate education by creating The Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate.

Located within the Fowler College of Business, The Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate offers comprehensive academic experience to students who will become the future leaders of the real estate industry. With a dedication to developing critical and innovative research for the real estate community, the center provides students with excellent opportunities to engage with real estate professionals and participate in supplemental education sessions such as Excel modeling, CoStar, and Argus training.

By choosing San Diego State University's real estate program, students are investing in their future and seizing the opportunity to become part of a legacy of excellence.

Tim Wright, Director of The Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate
  • ENHANCE the academic experience of students interested in real estate.
  • DEVELOP critical and innovative research for the real estate community.
  • PRODUCE Day 1 ready graduates and real estate leaders.

The vision of the founders is to make SDSU a center of real estate excellence.

Day 1

The Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate, The Real Estate Society of SDSU, and working real estate professionals in San Diego County have joined forces to offer a unique opportunity for our students: Day 1.

The program consists of a series of workshops, seminars, and boot-camps where students can learn the necessary skills to be ready for a career in real estate on Day 1.

  • The Corky McMillin Companies
  • H.G. Fenton Company
  • Cornerstone Communities
  • Cushman & Wakefield

Scott Brusseau

Board Chair

President & CEO
Newport National Corporation

Mark McMillin

President & CEO
The Corky McMillin Companies

Timothy Wright

Center Director

Senior Managing Director
JLL Capital Markets



John H. Agle

Senior Vice President, Retired
Stewart Title

Sean Bascom

Vice President
South Coast Commercial, Inc.

Eric Bergstrom

Bergstrom Capital Advisors, Inc.

Pat Geary

President & CEO
CEG Captial Partners

Robert Grant

Senior Vice President
DJM Capital

Kipp Gstettenbauer

Senior Vice President
Voit Real Estate Services

Pasha Johnson


Ryan Kennedy



Davlyn Investments

Bharat Madan

Vice President
JLL Capital Markets

Scott McClave

Senior Principal
The Bascom Group, LLC

Mark McDonald

Vice President, National Account Manager
First American Title National Commercial Services

Fred Pierce

President & CEO
Pierce Education Properties, LP

Vincent Punzi

Senior Director

Rick Reeder

Executive Managing Director
Newmark Capital Markets

Mark Selman

Brixton Capital

Textual Analysis in Real Estate (pdf)
Adam Nowak West Virginia University
Patrick Smith San Diego State University
May 2016

Homeownership and Nontraditional and Subprime Mortgages (pdf)
Arthur Acolin University of Southern California
Raphael W. Bostic University of Southern California
Xudong An San Diego State University
Susan M. Wachter University of Pennsylvania
July 2016

Default Option Exercise over the Financial Crisis and Beyond (pdf)
Xudong An Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and San Diego State University
Yongheng Deng National University of Singapore
Stuart A. Gabriel UCLA
April 2016

Cash Flow Performance of Fannie Mae Multifamily Properties: Evidence from Repeated NOI and EGI Indices (pdf)
Xudong An Department of Finance San Diego State University
Jeffrey D. Fisher The Homer Hoyt Institute
David Geltner Center for Real Estate MIT
March 2015

Commercial Real Estate Rental Index: A Dynamic Panel Data Model Estimation​ (pdf)
Dr. Xudong An and co-authors Yongheng Deng, Jeffery D. Fisher, Maggie (Rong) Hu
October 2014

The Upgrade and Downgrade of CMBS Credit Ratings (pdf)
Dr. Xudong An and Dr. Joseph B. Nichols
January 2014

Commercial Mortgages and ​​Commercial Mortgages-Backed Securities (CMBS)
Dr. Xudong An and Kerry D. Vandell
in H. Kent Baker and Petter Chinloy (eds.) Public Real Estate Markets and Investments. Oxford University Press. (Book chapter finished in May 2014 and in print)

Pulling​​ the Trigger: Default Option Exercise over the Business Cycle (pdf)
Xudong An, Yongheng Deng and Stuart Gabriel​​
September 2014

Government Policy and the Fixed Rate Mortgage
Michael Lea and Anthony B. Sanders
Annual Review of Financial Economics
Annu. Rev. Financ. Econ. 2011. 3:13.1–13.12

September 29, 2010
U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs
Dr. Michael Lea Testifies Before a Senate Subcommittee

Career & Scholarships


    Students & Alumni
    The Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate wants to help you find employment opportunities in the real estate industry. To view internship/job postings, please visit the SDSU Career Services website and log into Handshake. If you have not created an account with Handshake, please follow the instructions provided.

    Career Services provides access to alumni free of charge within 3 months of your most recent enrollment.
    After this grace period, services are available to alumni for nominal fees.

    If you are interested in offering an internship or job opportunity to an SDSU student or recent graduate, please visit the SDSU Career Services website and log into Handshake. If you have not created an account with Handshake, please click on the "Register for a new account" option. 


    *See website for eligibility, restrictions, details, and application.



    Support The Center


      The Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate survives on your generosity. In order to maintain the high caliber of education we expect for our students, we supplement the academic programming to ensure that our students are ready for their careers Day 1.

      Reinventing Real Estate Education
      With Your Help We Can Offer:

      • Critical and innovative research
      • Financial support of expert faculty and lecturers
      • Cross-disciplinary studies and programming
      • The Day 1 program – preparing students for their careers
      • International study-abroad and global outreach program
      • Argus, Excel, CoStar, and Yardi training
      • Scholarships for deserving students
      • Networking, industry and social events for alumni, faculty, students and supporters

      Get Involved

      • BECOME a mentor
      • PROVIDE internships and jobs
      • SPEAK to our classes and Real Estate Society members
      • LEAD a case study for our students
      • JOIN the Board
      • GIVE financial support

      Helping Is Easy


      Or contact us at:
      [email protected] (619) 594-8328

      All gifts to The Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate are accepted and administered by The Campanile Foundation (TCF), an official 501 [c] [3] auxiliary organization

      Contact Information

      The Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate

      San Diego State University
      5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182
      Campus Location: SSE 3356

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