AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American Campus Communities (NYSE: ACC), the nation’s largest owner, manager and developer of high-quality student housing properties, announced today that Bill Bayless, the company’s co-founder and CEO was inducted into West Virginia University’s prestigious Academy of Distinguished Alumni – one of the University’s highest honors.
Inductees to The Academy of Distinguished Alumni are nominated by the membership of the Alumni Association, and to be considered for this prestigious recognition, nominees must be recognized in profession at the national or international level.
“In its 150th year, WVU graduates continue to push the boundaries of innovation and excellence,” said Sean Frisbee, WVU vice president for alumni relations. “This year we recognize four individuals who have paved the way for us to really ‘Go First’ with their remarkable accomplishments. It truly is an honor to induct such exceptional alumni like Linda, George, Katherine and William into our Academy of Distinguished Alumni.”
Bayless, along with three other 2017 inductees, was honored at a recognition ceremony Friday, May 19 at WVU’s Erickson Alumni Center. This year’s other inductees include Dr. Linda Carson, Dr. George Fahey and Katherine Johnson.
Bill Bayless was recognized for his business excellence and leadership and work to improve the residential experience for college students across the nation. Through American Campus Communities, Bayless has created the student housing industry’s leading company and has also led the institutionalization of a new real estate asset class.
Dr. Linda Carson is a Ware Distinguished Professor Emerita at West Virginia University and served on the faculty of the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences for 30 years. She is the founder and CEO of Choosy Kids, a company devoted to developing healthy habits early in life.
Dr. George Fahey is a Professor Emeritus of Animal Sciences and Nutritional Sciences with a focus on gastrointestinal tract health and has also been author or co-author of many books, book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles, along with numerous abstracts, monographs and popular press articles related to ruminant nutrition.
Katherine G. Johnson is a pioneer of the American space movement, working as a pool mathematician for the Langley Research Center, part of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, which later became what is now known as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She is also the subject of a recent book and film titled Hidden Figures.
“My experiences at WVU are a vital part of who I am, and have played an important role in my success and the success of American Campus Communities,” Bayless said. “Membership in the Academy of Distinguished Alumni, among such accomplished Mountaineers, is truly the honor of a lifetime.”
About American Campus Communities
American Campus Communities, Inc. is the largest owner, manager and developer of high-quality student housing communities in the United States. The company is a fully integrated, self-managed and self-administered equity real estate investment trust (REIT) with expertise in the design, finance, development, construction management and operational management of student housing properties. As of March 31, 2017, American Campus Communities owned 157 student housing properties containing approximately 97,500 beds. Including its owned and third-party managed properties, ACC's total managed portfolio consisted of 194 properties with approximately 127,200 beds. Visit www.americancampus.com.
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