Appointment of a new general manager of real estate

Appointment of a new general manager of real estate


The University of Utah has named John Creer, a longtime commercial real estate professional and director of college real estate, as its new real estate director.

Creer, currently a professor at Arizona State University Vice President of Real Estate Developmentwill join the U’s experienced real estate team in February.

“We are delighted to welcome a skilled university property manager with local ties to our team,” said Cathy Anderson, Chief Financial Officer. “John brings years of experience, both as a commercial real estate developer and broker and as an academic property manager. He will lead an exceptional team managing a growing and increasingly complex real estate portfolio.

Creer joins the university Property management in a new position at a time of expansion. Under President Taylor Randall Bold Transition team, university leaders are preparing an update sstrategic plan to guide the next decade of growing enrollment, cutting-edge research and community service. US directors recently announced their intention to to hire in the western neighborhoods of Salt Lake County and $57 million Herriman Campus shared with Salt Lake Community College.

“I am thrilled to join the University of Utah real estate team at such an exciting time,” Creer said. “The U is at an inflection point, increasing its involvement in the community around it while expanding education and employment opportunities through the Wasatch Front. Now is the perfect time to be thoughtful and strategic in managing and growing such a diverse real estate portfolio.

As director of real estate, Creer will work as a liaison between the university and the communities around it. The Property Manager will oversee the team that will focus on all university property transactions, as well as work to develop market analyses, site selection plans and coordinate property development negotiations.

Creer began his real estate career in Salt Lake City and has nearly 30 years of experience developing and managing commercial real estate for private and public projects. He has led ASU’s real estate office since 2013, overseeing five innovation districts in the Phoenix Valley, including a biomedical campus, Omni Hotel, conference center, and mixed-use development. Prior to Arizona State, he worked with the Trammel Crow Company, co-managing the Los Angeles Unified School District’s $28 billion capital program and developing a $3.5 billion master plan for public schools and chartered, as well as a housing project for K-12 teachers.

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