Elaine Worzala

Elaine Worzala

San Diego State University’s College of Business Administration has named Elaine Worzala as the new director of the Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate.

An SDSU statement said Worzala will join the college’s finance department as a fully tenured professor, with her new position effective Aug. 16. The McMillin Center is currently led by Mehdi Salehizadeh, who has served as interim director since the 2014 departure of the previous full-time director, Dawn Eisenberg.

Salehizadeh, who chairs the business college’s finance department, said Worzala was selected following a nationwide search and is a “highly regarded leader in the field of real estate academics, who was also a proven success as a center director.”

Worzala previously served as executive director of the Carter Real Estate Center and professor of real estate at the College of Charleston in South Carolina; and as director of the Richard H. Pennell Center for Real Estate and professor of real estate at Clemson University. She also previously served as a professor and director of the accelerated masters of science in real estate program at the Edward St. John Department of Real Estate at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Worzala earned her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a specialization in real estate and urban land economics.

San Diego State’s real estate education center was established in 1958 and is named for the late local developer Macey L. “Corky” McMillin, who founded the family-run San Diego firm now known as The Corky McMillin Cos.