Dean Steven Ott joined the UNC Charlotte faculty in 1999 and held the appointment of John Crosland, Sr. Distinguished Professor of Real Estate and Development. Dr. Ott was the founding director of the Childress Klein Center for Real Estate and was instrumental in the development of the graduate real estate curriculum in the Belk College. He was appointed Dean of the Belk College in 2011. As Dean, he has directed the College through a period of strong growth in student enrollment, academic programming and private support. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.