David Hartzell

Corporate Finance
Lead Faculty

Real Estate


David Hartzell is the Steven D. Bell and Leonard W. Wood Distinguished Professor in Real Estate and professor of finance at UNC Kenan-Flagler. He examines issues related to the construction of institutional real estate portfolios, real estate finance and mortgage-backed securities.

Professor Hartzell brings valuable experience as a former vice president at Salomon Brothers Inc. in New York, where his primary focus was on institutional real estate finance and investments. He served as president of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, the leading group of academic and practicing researchers and teachers, in 2000. 

He also serves on the Board of Highwood Properties, Inc. (ticker HIW), a Raleigh-based Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) with a market capitalization of $4 billion. In this role, he serves on the investment and audit committees.

He received his PhD from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and his MA and BS from the University of Delaware.


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