With the intent of strengthening public education
institutions, Mark and Susan Irgens made a $2 million
donation to the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate at
the Wisconsin School of Business.
Mark Irgens is a University of Wisconsin-Madison alumna and
president and chief executive officer of Irgens, a private
full-service real estate services firm with offices in
Milwaukee, Chicago and Phoenix.
“I received a public education all the way through, and I
don't think I fully paid for it,” Irgens said in a
statement. “It's important to protect, reinforce and even
enhance these institutions that create value and give people
The Graaskamp Center links faculty, students, alumni, the
professional community, government agencies and the general
“The center is strong today and will be strong tomorrow
because of the support of industry leaders throughout the
country,” said Graaskamp Center Executive Director Michael
Brennan, also managing principal of Brennan Investment
“Real estate development is an in-the-trenches, duke-it-out
type job, but if you have the sophistication and skills that
you learn at the business school and through Graaskamp, it
helps you perform at a far higher level,” Irgens said.
Established in 1983, Irgens has completed hundreds of
diverse development and management projects totaling more
than $2 billion in real estate value with 7 million square
feet under management.