Office of General Counsel

Real Estate Office

Real Estate Office
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Kirk Tames is the Executive Director of Real Estate and Derek Silva is the Assistant Director of Real Estate. Ha Dao, Thomas Groce, and Ed Walts are Senior Attorneys, and Marty Novak is Assistant General Counsel, for the group. Real Estate Officers are Junior Real Estate Officer Nina Burke and Senior Real Estate Officers Geoff Richards and Ed WaltsAshley Kipp serves as Portfolio Manager.

Staff are Cathy Dineen, Tina Faltysek, Beth Thomas, and Crystal Tibuni.

The Real Estate Office provides centralized and comprehensive real estate services for the 14 institutions within the UT System. Services include:

  • Provision of a comprehensive range of professional expertise and resources for campus real estate transactions, including planning and feasibility analyses, purchases, easements, and leases.
  • Management, sales, and leases of surface interests in real property donated or bequeathed to a U. T. institution.
  • Evaluation of proposed gifts and bequests of surface interests in real property and assistance to the institutions with respect to such gifts and bequests.
  • Processing of required approvals for real estate transactions from U. T. System officials, the Board of Regents and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
  • Coordination with the Office of Risk Management with respect to environmental and insurance issues.
  • Coordination with county appraisal districts and tax offices with respect to property tax issues and exemptions.
  • Provision of guidance and assistance to the institutions for compliance with policies and laws governing real property and real property transactions.
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