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Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Senior Management

William C. Bayless Jr.
President & CEO
William C. Bayless, Jr., our president and chief executive officer, is a co-founder of American Campus and serves on our board of directors. Prior to assuming the role of CEO in 2003, he served as our chief operating officer where he directed all of the company's business segments. From 1993 until July 1995, he served as our vice president of development. Prior to the formation of ACC, he served as the director of operations for Century Development's student housing division and as the director of marketing for the student housing division of Cardinal Industries. His student housing career began in 1984 with Allen & O'Hara where he held the positions of resident assistant, resident manager and area marketing coordinator. Mr. Bayless, who received a B.S. in Business Administration from West Virginia University, is considered one the nation's foremost experts on student housing.
James Clarence Hopke Jr.
James Clarence Hopke Jr.
Executive VP & CIO
James Clarence Hopke Jr.

Board of Directors

Edward Lowenthal
Chairman
Edward Lowenthal has served on our board of directors since August 2004. Since April 2002, he has been president of Ackerman Management LLC. From 1997 until 2002, Mr. Lowenthal was a founder and served as president of Wellsford Real Properties, Inc. (AMEX: WRP). He continues to serve as Wellsford Real Properties, Inc.’s director. Mr. Lowenthal was a founder, trustee and president of Wellsford Residential Property Trust until May 1997 when it was merged into Equity Residential. Mr. Lowenthal has more than 30 years of real estate and merger and acquisition experience in both public and private entities. He serves as a trustee of Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. (NYSE: OHI), a healthcare REIT; as a director of Ark Restaurants (NASDAQ: ARKR), an owner and operator of restaurants; as a director of Reis, Inc., a privately held real estate information and analytics provider; and as a director of Desarrolladora Homex, S.A. de C.V., a vertically integrated home development company focused on affordable entry-level and middle-income housing in Mexico. A trustee of the Manhattan School of Music, he serves on its finance and executive committees and chairs its new building committee. From 1992 until 2000, he served as a member of the Board of Governors of NAREIT. Mr. Lowenthal received a B.A. from Case Western Reserve University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was an editor of the Georgetown University Law Journal.
William C. Bayless Jr.
William C. Bayless, Jr., our president and chief executive officer, is a co-founder of American Campus and serves on our board of directors. Prior to assuming the role of CEO in 2003, he served as our chief operating officer where he directed all of the company's business segments. From 1993 until July 1995, he served as our vice president of development. Prior to the formation of ACC, he served as the director of operations for Century Development's student housing division and as the director of marketing for the student housing division of Cardinal Industries. His student housing career began in 1984 with Allen & O'Hara where he held the positions of resident assistant, resident manager and area marketing coordinator. Mr. Bayless, who received a B.S. in Business Administration from West Virginia University, is considered one the nation's foremost experts on student housing.
Blake Chandlee
G. Steven Dawson
Steven Dawson has served on our board of directors since August 2004. Primarily a private investor since 2003, he served as chief financial officer of Camden Property Trust (NYSE: CPT), a large multi-family REIT based in Houston, from 1990 to 2003. Mr. Dawson serves on the boards of Trustreet Properties, Inc. (NYSE: TSY), the largest restaurant REIT in the U.S.; Sunset Financial Resources, Inc. (NYSE: SFO), a mortgage REIT; AmREIT (AMEX: AMY), a retail property REIT; Desert Capital REIT, Inc., an unlisted public mortgage REIT; and Medical Properties Trust (NYSE: MPW), a hospital/healthcare REIT. He also serves on boards of various private charities and civic organizations and has other private interests. Mr. Dawson holds a degree in business from Texas A&M University, where he serves on the Real Estate Council of the Mays Graduate School of Business.
Cydney C. Donnell
Cydney Donnell has served on our board of directors since August 2004. She has been the director of real estate programs and an executive professor at the Mays Business School of Texas A&M University since March 2006, where she teaches in the finance department. Ms. Donnell was an executive professor at the Mays School from August 2004 until March 2006 and was a visiting lecturer from January 2004 until August 2004. Formerly a principal and managing director of European Investors/EII Realty Securities, Inc., she served in various capacities at EII and was chair of the investment committee from 2002 until 2003, head of the real estate securities group and portfolio manager from 1992 until 2002, and vice president and analyst from 1986 until 1992. Ms. Donnell served on the board of European Investors Holding Company from 1992 until 2005. Prior to joining EII, she was a real estate lending officer at RepublicBanc Corporation in Dallas from 1983 until 1986. Ms. Donnell currently serves on the board of directors of Madison Harbor Balanced Strategies, Inc., a closed-end investment fund registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940. She has served on the board and institutional advisory committee of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) and in various leadership capacities for the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University and the Junior League of the City of New York. Ms. Donnell received a B.B.A. from Texas A&M University and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.
Dennis G. Lopez
Dennis Lopez has served on our board of directors since May 2014. He has been the chief investment officer of AXA Real Estate, a global real estate investment manager, since 2009, where he is responsible for fund management and research activities. Lopez was the chief executive officer of SUN Group, a private equity firm with real estate activities in India and Russia, from 2008 to 2009. Lopez has had a career of over 25 years in investment banking and real estate investment management, where he was global head of real estate at Cambridge Place Investment Management, a London based hedge fund, and a managing director at JP Morgan in New York and London. Additionally, Lopez served as a director of Desarrolladora Homex, S.A. de C.V. (NYSE:HXM), a Mexican-based home builder, from 2010 to 2013. Lopez received a B.A. degree from California State University Long Beach and an MBA from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
Oliver Luck
Oliver Luck has served on our board of directors since December 2012 and recently joined the NCAA as the executive vice president of regulatory affairs in January 2015. Luck previously served at the athletic director of West Virginia University since 2010. From 2006 to 2010, Luck was the president/general manager of the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. From 2001 to 2005, Luck was the chief executive officer of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority, where he oversaw the financing, construction and management of professional sports and entertainment infrastructure in Houston, including Minute Maid Park, Reliant Stadium and Toyota Center. Luck worked for the National Football League from 1990 to 2001, where he served in a variety of positions, including vice president of business development and president and chief executive officer of NFL Europe. Luck also played quarterback for the Houston Oilers From 1982 to 1986. He is currently a member of the National Football League Player Safety Advisory Panel and has served in various capacities in a number of university and community associations. He was a finalist to be a Rhodes Scholar, a National Football Foundation Scholar and a two-time Academic All-American who received a B.A. degree from West Virginia University and a J.D. degree from University of Texas School of Law.
C. Patrick Oles Jr.
Pat Oles has served on our board of directors since May 2014. He has been the president and chief executive officer of Barshop & Oles Company, a privately-owned, Texas-based commercial real estate development, investment and management firm, since 1983. Oles served on the senior staff of the Governor of Texas, William P. Clements, Jr., as director of governmental appointments, from 1980 to 1982 and has been involved in numerous governmental, business and civic organizations, including ten years of service on the board of directors of the Lower Colorado River Authority and as a founding member and chairman of the board of trustees of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation. He was a member of the advisory board of directors of JPMorgan Chase, chairman of the local chapter of the Young Presidents Organization and a trustee of the Texas Nature Conservancy. Oles currently serves as a member of the board of directors of SouthWest Water Company, a privately-owned provider of water and wastewater services, as a member of the executive committee of the Seton Fund, as a member of the development board of the McCoy College of Business Administration of Texas State University and as chair of the UT Elementary School Development Council. Oles received a B.B.A. at the University of Texas Austin, and now holds the McCoy Professorship for Studies in Entrepreneurship in the McCoy College of Business Administration at Texas State University.
Winston W. Walker
Winston W. Walker has served on our board of directors since August 2004. Since 1993, he has been president and chief executive officer of Walker & Associates, which provides strategic consultation primarily to clients in the healthcare and insurance industries. From 1987 until October 1993, Mr. Walker served as the chief executive officer of Provident Life and Accident Insurance Company of America. He is currently a member of the board of directors and the audit committee chair of CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CBL), a shopping center REIT, and a member of the board of directors of MRI Medical, a private company. Mr. Walker received a B.A. in Russian from Tulane University and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Georgia.