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Robert J. Lalanne named UC Berkeley’s first “vice chancellor for real estate”

Chancellor names UC Berkeley’s first ‘vice chancellor for real estate’
UC Berkeley NewsCenter
17 December 2013
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Real estate developer Robert J. Lalanne (B.A. Architecture ’78) was named UC Berkeley’s first “vice chancellor for real estate” by Chancellor Nicholas Dirks on December 17. His new position, developed by Dirks, was established as part of a campus effort to integrate the planning, building and operations management of campus property.

Lalanne is founder of San Francisco-based real estate development company, The Lalanne Group, and has over 25 years of experience leading the planning and construction of commercial, residential and mixed-use projects including the Portside condominiums along the San Francisco Embarcadero, the Potrero Center, Falletti Plaza and over 1,300 multi-family housing units.

“Bob brings an extraordinary level of experience to this role,” Dirks said. “In our conversations I have been very impressed not just by his professional knowledge and creative thinking, but also by how deeply his ideas and goals are informed by and consistent with our public mission and academic goals.”

Lalanne is expected to begin his new position in mid-January and plans to donate his salary back to the campus. He will oversee UC Berkeley's real estate projects and more than 500 employees in the Facilities Services unit.

“It is a real honor and privilege to be asked to serve in this role for an institution I love and deeply respect,” Lalanne said. “My over-arching goal is to generate new resources and support for the public mission and academic programs of one the world’s greatest universities. Berkeley gave me the knowledge necessary for success in my real estate career and to now redeploy that learning and experience in the university’s service is extremely gratifying.”

Lalanne, who serves on the Berkeley Foundation Board of Trustees, has remained actively connected to the College of Environmental Design and the Haas School of Business. He is past chair of the Finance Committee and current chair of the UC Berkeley Foundation’s Real Estate Task Force, and was recently appointed chair of the University Real Estate Development Council at the Urban Land Institute.