UW News

April 3, 2018

Real estate department named in honor of Jon and Judy Runstad

The College of Built Environments Department of Real Estate, formerly the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies, has been named in honor of Jon and Judy Runstad.

The Runstads established the real estate program in the college in 1999 by creating an endowed fund that led to the establishment of the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies. The University of Washington’s Board of Regents approved the naming of the department at its March 8 meeting.

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Jon and Judy RunstadUniversity of Washington

The real estate program has grown significantly since its inception and was elevated to department status in September 2017, serving as the focal point for UW real estate research, teaching, and engagement. The University has approved the naming of the Runstad Department of Real Estate in recognition of the Runstad’s vision to create a comprehensive real estate education program and for nearly two decades of leadership and philanthropy.

“We are excited about this opportunity to recognize the Runstads’ contributions to both the UW and the region,” said John Schaufelberger, dean of the College of Built Environments. “They have been leaders not only in the real estate and law communities but in the broader Seattle civic community. Through their tireless work as advocates for the program, they have helped to build, lead, and sustain a premier real estate program.”

Since the launch of the degree program, eight cohorts of students have received their master’s degrees in real estate and gone on to assume important positions within the real estate industry.


For more information, contact Kailey Waring, Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications, College of Built Environments, at 206-685-3751 or kcwaring@uw.edu.