Meet MS in Real Estate Development Professor Patrick Connors

The dedicated faculty in George Mason’s MS in Real Estate Development program work hard to prepare students for the real world. Their academic expertise combined with real-world real estate development experience provides a bridge in the classroom from academic theory to business practice.

Patrick Connors, MS in Real Estate Development Faculty of the Year in 2016Voted by students as the MS in Real Estate Development Faculty of the Year in 2016, Patrick Connors has been teaching the Real Estate Finance class for the past couple years. With more than 20 years of experience in real estate secured financing in the Washington, D.C., region Connors is currently the senior vice president of finance for the B.F. Saul Company—a Bethesda, Maryland based private real estate company that owns and operates 20 hotels, over 2 million square feet of office space, and several multi-family properties.

Connors also serves as the director of finance for ASB Real Estate Investments where he is responsible for over $3 billion in debt placements with financial institutions, portfolio lenders, and conduits. Prior to joining B.F. Saul, Connors was in private legal practice. He holds an MBA and JD from the University of Michigan.

We asked Connors a few questions about the Masters in Real Estate Development program at George Mason, and here is what he had to say:

What’s the best thing about teaching at Mason? The interaction with the students, and learning FROM them as much as I’m providing information to them.

What’s your most memorable teaching moment in the MS in Real Estate Development program? Several, from both years.  If I had to pick one, I’d say it was from this year when a student told me that they had learned more about finance in 6 weeks in the course than they had in a multi-decade career in real estate.  Ah, my job is complete.

If you could describe Mason’s real estate development program in one word, what would it be? Focused. Focused on providing the tools, the knowledge, and the connections needed to advance the student’s career in real estate.

Why is Mason one of the best masters in real estate development programs around? The quality of the professors! I’d say it comes from the top. Kat [Grimsley who is the program director] is a marvelous leader who, like her predecessor Bob Wulff, continues to work hard to add to the program and to the value proposition for its students. Ditto to the entire staff.

Anything else you’d like to add? Teaching in the George Mason real estate development program has been the most rewarding experience of my thirty-year career.

Learn more about Masters in Real Estate Development professor Patrick Connors.

Designed for professionals in real estate, Mason’s Masters in Real Estate Development is a cross-disciplinary masters degree in real estate development drawing on the expertise of faculty members within the School of Business, School of Public Policy, and Volgenau School of Engineering.  The MS in Real Estate Development program provides students with the developer’s perspective on relevant issues, including civil engineering, finance, and public policy and prepares you to take a leading role.

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