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William & Mary Real Estate Foundation

Executive Director

As Executive Director Sean Hughes serves as the president and chief executive officer of the William & Mary Real Estate Foundation.  The Foundation's mission is to acquire, manage, sell, lease, and develop real properties in support of the educational goals of William & Mary.  Components of this effort include: Tribe Square, a $9 million mixed-use retail and housing project that opened in 2011 and Discovery II, an office building located in the New Town mixed-use development.   

Before coming to the Real Estate Foundation in September 2018, Mr. Hughes served as the Director of  Planning & Real Estate at the Charleston County School District (CCSD) in Charleston South Carolina.  CCSD is the second largest public school district in South Carolina with over 50,000 students and approximately 6,500 staff which operates in excess of 9.35 million square feet of academic, office, and specialty spaces daily.  He was instrumental in the acquisition, disposition, and leasing of numerous properties to execute planned capital projects and generate revenue for the organization.  He assisted in the oversight of approximately $500 million of capital construction projects and served as the principal planner of an additional $500 million of future capital projects to be executed in the next decade.  Mr. Hughes also served a vital role in organization-wide strategic planning, annual budgeting for the organization, and ongoing facilities operations.

Mr. Hughes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Clemson University.  After several years of construction management experience, he then earned a Master of Public Administration with a focus in Urban & Regional Planning in a joint degree program from University of South Carolina and the College of Charleston.  Mr. Hughes is a LEED Accredited Professional in both Building Design & Construction as well as Operations and Maintenance.  Additionally, he holds accreditation from the International Facilities Management Association as a Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP).