The Ohio State Center for Real Estate at Fisher College of Business is dedicated to fostering excellence in real estate education, applied and academic research, and outreach through community and university partnerships. The Center’s main goal is to serve as a link between our students, faculty, alumni, and the various parts of the real estate industry, creating a vibrant community touching all aspects of real estate.
Bringing nearly 25 years of finance and academic real estate experience, Donald D. Sheets has been named the new executive director of the Ohio State Center for Real Estate.
Sheets, managing director and member of the management committee at Broadshore Capital Partners, will also serve as a senior lecturer in finance at the Max M. Fisher College of Business. Sheets has 24 years of leadership experience on Wall Street across several investment management firms, one of which he founded nearly a decade ago and recently sold. His team at Broadshore underwrote, serviced and resolved investments on behalf of its cornerstone investors comprised of Harvard Management Company, Bain Capital Real Estate and the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System. He will step down from his position at Broadshore to fill the joint appointment at Fisher beginning December 5.
Prior to Broadshore, Sheets was a partner and managing director at Clarion Partners upon its acquisition of AlumCreek Holdings, a private equity platform that he founded and scaled. Sheets was senior principal and co-led the transaction team at Square Mile Capital Management after he had launched and scaled a special situations commercial real estate platform at Davidson Kempner Capital Management. Prior to earning an MBA, he worked with The Carlyle Group, EastBanc and Starwood Urban Investments.
Sheets’ academic work includes faculty appointments at Columbia University and New York University, where he developed the inaugural graduate-level distressed real estate investing electives within each institution’s curriculum. He was appointed to the faculty at Auburn University and lectured at Georgetown University, The George Washington University, Harvard University and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His pedagogy spans undergraduate and graduate programs with a curricula of capital markets, distressed investing, structured finance, law, negotiation and private equity.
He is a board member and chair of the audit committee of Educational Housing Services — New York’s largest student housing operator — and serves as chair of the Harvard Alumni Real Estate Board. He is active with the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council, having prior appointments to the Board of Governors, co-chair emeritus of the Education Committee, co-chair emeritus of the High Yield and Distressed Realty Assets Forum, and member of the Editorial Board.
Sheets earned a BBA magna cum laude from The George Washington University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
We're pleased to share Center for Real Estate highlights from 2020 and 2021. Because of the pandemic, our events and outreach looked different during this timeframe, but we adapted and are so grateful for your continued support and engagement. We look forward to another engaging year ahead!
At Fisher College of Business, we have just under 400 students registered as real estate majors or minors. The goal of the Ohio State Center for Real Estate is to positively impact the livability of our communities through educating the next generation of real estate leaders. Learn more about what our students and alumni are accomplishing through our student spotlights below.
What started as a minor to add to her business repertoire turned into an unexpected career path and a community of supporters for Maylene Renninger (BSBA '22). Learn more about her journey toward finding a passion for real estate.