Author: David Dodson
Contact: Henry J. Munneke

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Athens, Ga. — University of Georgia real estate professor Henry J. Munneke has been appointed to the C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry Distinguished Chair of Business Administration at the Terry College of Business.

Munneke’s appointment, which becomes effective Aug. 12, was confirmed by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents this spring.

“Henry Munneke is a highly productive scholar and a respected colleague,” said Robert T. Sumichrast, dean of the Terry College of Business. “To merit selection to a distinguished chair, a faculty member must have achieved a national reputation in his or her research field, become an enthusiastic and effective instructor in the classroom, and provided exemplary service to the academy. Dr. Munneke meets all of those qualifications, and I expect he will continue to lead by example.”

Munneke joined the faculty of the Terry College’s nationally ranked Real Estate program in 1993, after receiving his doctorate from the University of Illinois. He was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 1999 and full professor in 2006.

A top researcher in the areas of land prices and urban economics, Munneke has compiled an exceptional record of publishing in the leading real estate journals. Based on an analysis of all the research appearing in the top three real estate journals since 1995, Munneke’s publication record places him in the top 1 percent of all authors contributing to those top journals.

Munneke has been recognized for his excellence in teaching with several honors, including the Terry College’s Outstanding Teaching Award.

“In teaching evaluations, his students often comment on the rigor of his courses and how his teaching style motivates them to learn and analyze problems,” said Robert E. Hoyt, head of the Department of Insurance, Legal Studies and Real Estate. “Many of his former students note that he is the type of teacher who draws his students into classroom discussions, challenges their ideas and beliefs, imparts knowledge and gives them a sense of self-fulfillment.”

Munneke is also credited with important contributions to the education of doctoral students. He regularly teaches a doctoral seminar and has served on 12 dissertation committees — chairing three of them — since he joined the faculty.

At the undergraduate level, Munneke has been the faculty advisor to the Real Estate Society since 1995, and he has coordinated the college’s real estate internship program for more than 10 years.

Among his many committee appointments, Munneke is in his fourth year serving as chairman of the Terry College’s Undergraduate Program Committee. This committee designed the structure of Terry’s new Foundations First curriculum for juniors entering business majors and is also pilot-testing a freshman admissions policy for the college.

“This committee has a reputation of not simply generating ideas, but guiding them through the implementation process,” Hoyt said. “The committee’s accomplishments reflect Henry’s leadership ability and his devotion, as well as that of the committee, to the undergraduate program and the college as a whole.”

Munneke is the second professor to be appointed to the chair, succeeding real estate professor James B. Kau, who was the chairholder from 1988 until his retirement this year. The endowment funding the chair was established in the 1980s by the college’s benefactors, C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry.