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David Hartzell

David Hartzell


Steven D. Bell and Leonard W. Wood Distinguished Professor in Real Estate - Professor of Finance

"UNC Kenan-Flagler students get the chance to know our faculty very well."

Research, teaching and impact on business

A Wall Street veteran and economist, Hartzell studies real estate investment trusts, mortgage-backed securities and real estate portfolio issues. Formerly a vice president at Salomon Brothers in New York, he also has worked with investment firms that manage real estate portfolios for pension funds.

In addition to the real estate curriculum, Hartzell has taught core finance and investment courses at UNC Kenan-Flagler. He teaches a popular elective in real estate finance and investments every summer at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. He and his friend Andrew Baum, a Cambridge professor, wrote "Global Property Investment: Strategies, Structure and Decisions" (2011), a book for both practioners and students.

Hartzell is a director at Highwoods Properties, Inc., a Raleigh-based REIT with a market capitalization of $4 billion. He serves on the investment and audit committees.

Most important thing for an incoming student to know:

Hartzell says that UNC Kenan-Flagler students provides a world-class culture that is extremely unique among business schools and allows close relationships to develop between faculty and students. He notes that students strike "a great balance between hard work in the classroom, hard work on teams preparing for classroom activities and having fun."

Something personal:

When he's not working, Hartzell likes to play madolin with his colleagues, go to the beach, watch Philadelphia and UNC sports teams, and spend as much time with his family as he can. He played varsity soccer at the University of Delaware, and coached his son's youth team for 15 years. He was named Boys Coach of the Year in North Carolina in 2000. He is a proud graduate of UNC, where he earned his PhD in finance.

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