Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate welcomes new Managing Director Jason Arnold

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Jason Arnold has joined the University of Notre Dame as the managing director of the Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate. In this position, Arnold will play a key role in designing, implementing, and establishing the Fitzgerald Institute as a preeminent university-based real estate program worldwide.

Before joining Notre Dame, Arnold was the Director of Architecture and Acting Director of Design & Engineering at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. In that role, he was responsible for the planning and design of all U.S. embassies and consulates overseas. He also served 11 years on active duty with the U.S. Navy.

“Jason’s leadership experience and his previous work in design and development will be important as we execute the strategic mission of the Fitzgerald Institute,” said Daniel B. Kelly, acting faculty director of the Fitzgerald Institute and professor of law. “He will help guide the Institute in creating greater value for Notre Dame undergraduate and graduate students in architecture, business, engineering, and law via educational and career opportunities.”

Arnold leverages his expertise to connect the Institute’s community of interdisciplinary faculty, students, alumni, and industry peers. Since arriving on campus, he has developed strategies to grow the Institute’s reputation, coordinated activities with other leading institutes and centers, and created new job opportunities for students. Arnold also helped Kelly and Eugenio Acosta, program director for the Fitzgerald Institute, launch the University’s Minor in Real Estate

“The Minor in Real Estate is the first educational program to be offered by the Fitzgerald Institute, and we are thrilled to see such strong interest from across the undergraduate student body,” said Arnold. “The minor is the first step in providing our students with new opportunities to learn about real estate, and I look forward to expanding the minor and creating additional educational programs as we advance the Institute’s vision.” 

Courses for the minor will begin in the fall semester of 2019.

Arnold earned a master’s degree in Real Estate Finance from Georgetown University and his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame. To learn more about him and the Fitzgerald Institute, please visit,

Brandi Klingerman / Research Communications Specialist
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