Lee Nelson joined the University of Florida as Director of Real Estate in September, 2014. He is responsible for real estate strategic planning, asset management, and transaction management for the University and associated philanthropic Foundation.
Prior to the University, he was Director of Real Estate Services at the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, where he worked with the 31 schools of the System to coordinate and execute real estate issues and transactions. Issues he has tackled include development of satellite camps facilities, land transactions, underwriting and due diligence for acquisitions of properties for the use of the institutions, and coordination of activities to adhere to Board policies and procedures.
Mr. Nelson came to the Board from Colonial Properties Trust, a publicly traded REIT, where he was Senior Vice President of Asset Management and Strategic Planning. He has also worked with private equity investors in numerous roles. He has been involved with over $1 billion worth of commercial investment properties, responsible at various times for acquisitions, dispositions, asset management, and operations.
Mr. Nelson received a degree in economics from Yale University in New Haven CT. He is active in industry groups, including the Association of University Real Estate Officials, the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties, and as past President of the Real Estate Group of Atlanta.