Head of College of Charleston real estate center leaving

Elaine Worzala is leaving the College of Charleston’s School of Business and Carter Center for Real Estate.

The head of the real estate education center for College of Charleston undergraduates is leaving for a similar academic post on the West Coast.

Elaine Worzala will join San Diego State University’s College of Business Administration effective Aug. 16, the Southern California school said in a statement this week. She will be a tenured professor in the finance department and director of the Corky McMillin Center for Real Estate.

San Diego State said Worzala was hired after a nationwide search. She previously taught at the University of San Diego from 2002 to 2006.

Worzala left Clemson University for the College of Charleston in 2013, when she was named director of the Carter Real Estate Center and a professor in the School of Business. Her title changed to executive director last year. At the same time, she was named associate dean of the School of Business.

The real estate center she’s taking over in San Diego was set up in 1958 and is named for a late Southern California developer.

“This large alumni base, along with so many other outstanding industry professionals in the region, will enable our students the ability to interact and network within the industry, ultimately giving our students first-hand experience in the marketplace,” Worzala said in a statement provided by the university.

The Carter Real Estate Center was established on George Street in 2006 with a donation from developer Ben Carter, president of Atlanta-based Ben Carter Enterprises, and his family. He and a college spokesman could not be reached for immediate comment.

Contact John McDermott at 843-937-5572.