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About The Lewis White Real Estate Center

The Lewis White Real Estate Center employs an interdisciplinary approach to teaching real estate through the application of cutting-edge techniques and innovative and academically-vetted entrepreneurial thinking processes that are essential for success in the context of today’s increasingly dynamic real estate world.

At the Lewis White Real Estate Center, we take pride in our focus on excellence in teaching, research, and service. Our mission is to develop, support and grow premier undergraduate and graduate-level real estate academic and non-academic programs. To best serve our students and the needs of the real estate industry, we collaborate with complementary academic units across campus as well as our Advisory Board, and key constituents in the real estate industry. The Lewis White Real Estate Center faculty also commits to the pursuit of high-level, academic research recognized by other renowned scholars in the Real Estate field.

The Lewis White Real Estate Center enables students across the University of Kansas City-Missouri and participants from the community to study all aspects of commercial real estate, including real estate finance, appraisal, development, and asset management. Programs include:

  • Master of Science in Entrepreneurial Real Estate
  • BBA Emphasis in Real Estate

Real Estate Club
The Lewis White Real Estate Center is currently seeking members for the new Real Estate Club for students. This club is open to both gradutate and undergraduate students. The Real Estate Club is dedicated to providing members with a solid foundation of which to express and share their passion for real estate with other like-minded students. The Club will host various Real Estate speakers, panels, trips, and networking opportunities.

To join, download the registration form (PDF).

Charles C. Connely

Associate Teaching Professor
Associate Professor of Real Estate
Director, Lewis White Real Estate Center

Charles C. Connely, IV, CCIM, CPM® is the Director of the Lewis White Real Estate Center and an Associate Teaching Professor of real estate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Henry W. Bloch School of Management.

Mr. Connely is a past President of the CCIM Kansas City Chapter and serves on the Board of Directors of the CCIM Institute internationally as Treasurer and member of the CCIM Audit Committee. Mr. Connely is a previous member of the Kansas City CCIM Chapter Home Run Award for Retail Projects and the CCIM Partners for Retail Lease Transaction of the Year Award. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City Foundation Board.

Mr. Connely graduated with a MBA & BBA (with distinction) from UMKC where he was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies.

Mr. Connely previously served as a managing director of EPR Financial Services, a subsidiary of EPR Properties and General Manager of Butler Real Estate, a BlueScope Steel company. He is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Georgetown University. He previously held the CFP® designation and Series 7 and Series 63 General Securities Representative License.

Contact Information
Phone: 816-235-5131


Jim DeLisle, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Real Estate
Director of Academic Programs, Lewis White Real Estate Center

Jim DeLisle is an associate professor of real estate and Director of the Lewis White Real Estate Center at the UMKC Bloch School of Management. DeLisle comes to the Bloch School from the University of Washington where he was the Director of Graduate Real Estate Studies and Runstad Professor of Real Estate. He has also taught real estate coursework in the Bloch School’s executive real estate programs.

DeLisle started his real estate career as a consultant and developer, focusing on low income, elderly and student housing. After his initial industry activities, he returned to academia in the mid-70s where he earned his Ph.D. in real estate and urban land economics from the University of Wisconsin under the late James A. Graaskamp who built his reputation on real estate fundamentals and applied research. He also has an MS in marketing which has helped anchor his behavioral approach to real estate education and practice.

After a decade of academic activity, DeLisle joined Prudential Real Estate Investors in 1987 and helped establish the Investment Research Department. After several years he was recruited by Equitable Real Estate where he founded the Investment Research Department and rose to the level of Executive Vice President. After Lend Lease acquired the firm in 1997 he founded the Strategic Planning Department and served as Director before returning to academia in 1999.

DeLisle is widely published in both professional and academic journals. He was also the editor of the Journal of Shopping Center Research and has edited several books. He has authored the Financial Views series for the Appraisal Journal which has helped him stay current with industry conditions and emerging trends.

DeLisle has been active in a number of national associations and has worked to bridge the gap between the academic and industry sides of the real estate discipline. He is also the chair of the Real Estate Center Directors and Chairholder’s Association, an educational advocacy and service association and is a former President of the American Real Estate Society (ARES). In recognition of his industry leadership he was awarded the 2012 ICSC Research Award. He also received the 2010 Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor granted by ICSC. He has been a distinguished fellow for NAIOP for over a decade and serves on a number of industry and academic committees including NAIOPs Retail Advisory Committee and ICSC’s Academic Advisory Committee.

Contact Information
Phone: 816-235-6288

Lewis White Real Estate Center Leadership

Charles C. Connely, Director

Jim DeLisle, Ph.D., Director of Academic Programs

Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Jeffrey S. Hornsby, Department Chair, Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Anthony “Tony” J. Luppino, J.D.

Rudolf “Rudy” Beese
SNR Denton

Ted Murray
Colliers International

David Brain
Entertainment Properties Trust (Retired CEO)
Kansas City Sustainable Development Partners, LLC

JoAnn Nunnink
Integra Realty Resources

Devon Coffey
Opus Development Company

Scott Slabosky

Tim Dunn
JE Dunn

Tom Turner
Grandbridge Real Estate Capital

Wes Grammer
Sky Real Estate

Michael Van Buskirk
Zimmer Real Estate Services

Nathan Guffey
Crown Center

Corey Walker
Platform Ventures

Ward Katz
DRS Management

Jerry White
Colliers International

Margaret Latshaw

Margaret Latshaw
Latshaw Development