David J. Wilk

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David J. Wilk

  • Fox School of Business and Management

    • Finance

      • Assistant Professor of Practice


Dr. David Wilk, MAI, CRE joined the Fox School of Business in 2018 and serves as an Assistant Professor in the Finance Department and Director of the Real Estate Program. He has 34 years of academic experience teaching undergraduate and graduate real estate courses at the University of Delaware Lerner College of Business (1989-2012), Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School (2012-2017), and Georgetown University (2016 to 2018).

Dr. Wilk has been a management consultant for over 35 years including senior positions at Valuation Research Corporation, Arthur D. Little, EY, Duff & Phelps, SVN, and Colliers International. His specialization is creating value for real estate assets held by public and private enterprises, private equity, governments, universities, healthcare systems, and non-profits through optimization strategies that measure and deliver new earnings and cost savings.

Dr. Wilk also performs valuations, market feasibility studies, property tax consulting, development advisory, “place-making” economic development strategies, and innovative marketing plans that reimagine undervalued urban neighborhoods with existing residents in place.

Throughout his career, Dr. Wilk has completed commercial, industrial, residential, agricultural, governmental, and institutional real estate projects in 49 states in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, the Caribbean, Asia, and the South Pacific. He is a member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI) and Counselor of Real Estate (CRE).

Real estate consulting highlights from Dr. Wilk’s career include; Pebble Beach Company, Aspen Skiing Company, 20th Century Fox Studios, The Irvine Ranch, Madison Square Garden, Santa Anita Racetrack, Dover Downs, Elvis Presley Enterprises (Graceland), Hyatt Regency & Four Seasons Hotels in Hawaii, Baltimore’s Power Plant, Art Deco Hotels in South Beach, Pennsylvania Convention Center and Marriott Hotel, Comcast Cable Systems, Bikini Atoll in Micronesia (South Pacific), U.S. military locations in Hawaii and California, and NASA Wallops Island Space Port in Virginia.

Dr. Wilk has been a regular keynote speaker at real estate and economic development industry conferences (Appraisal Institute, Counselors of Real Estate, Urban Land Institute, IEDC, CoreNet Global, IFMA, SAP), and has presented over 10 Symposia on Real Estate and Human Capital Asset Optimization and Place-Making Economic Development at the Universities of Delaware, Illinois, Salisbury, Florida Atlantic, Delaware State, Washington, Johns Hopkins, and Temple since 2012. https://templeuniversity14.createsend.com/campaigns/reports/viewCampaign.aspx?d=j&c=A1422719EFAD955F&ID=E513FDEDA0B868A52540EF23F30FEDED&temp=False&tx=0

Dr. Wilk’s entrepreneurial activities include co-innovating a data analytics platform with SAP (“Corporate Real Estate Earnings Diagnostic” – CREED® www.thecreedapp.com) and creating i3o, a consulting analytics platform focusing on how innovation, infrastructure, and inclusion can drive optimization of real estate and human capital. His community service activities include being Chair and Interim CEO of the non-profit organization, Friends of Hockessin Colored School #107, where he led the efforts to transform a former school in Hockessin, DE into a Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Social Equity over the past 12 years. https://www.fox.temple.edu/news/2020/11/finance-professor-wilk-excited-future-diversity-center-hockessin

Dr. Wilk has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Delaware, a Master of Science in Real Estate and Infrastructure from Johns Hopkins University, and a Doctor of Business Administration from Temple University Fox School of Business.

Doctoral Dissertation
• Don’t Overlook Your Largest Asset Class: Value Creation Through Enterprise Real Estate Optimization. https://scholarshare.temple.edu/bitstream/handle/20.500.12613/8469/Wilk_temple_0225E_15222.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

Research Interests

  • Enterprise Real Estate Optimization
  • Place-Making and Inclusive Economic Development through Real Estate Innovation
  • Social Infrastructure and Entrepreneurship
  • Affordable Housing Finance and Development
  • Re-Imagining Undervalued Urban Neighborhood without Gentrification
  • University Research Parks and Innovation Districts

Courses Taught




FIN 3509

Real Estate Investment and Finance


FIN 4597

Seminar in Real Estate Asset Analysis


RE 3525

Management of Corporate Real Estate Assets


RE 5102

Enterprise Real Estate Asset Optimization


Selected Publications


  • Wilk, D.J. & Zuabi, L. (2020). Enterprise Value Creation through Real Estate & Human Asset Optimization. Real Estate Review.