George W. "Buzz" Welch
Associate Professor (Lecturer) & Managing Director
Professor Welch began teaching at Eccles in 2006 serving as Adjunct Professor of Real Estate while continuing to serve full time at J.P. Morgan as Senior Vice President and Regional Manager. In 2010, Professor Welch accepted a full time Eccles Faculty appointment as Associate Professor of Finance (Lecturer) teaching both graduate and undergraduate corporate and real estate curriculum. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Urban Planning at the College of Architecture + Planning. In 2013, Professor Welch received the Rod Brady Superior Teaching Award; followed in 2014 by the prestigious Marvin J. Ashton Teaching Excellence Award. In 2009, Professor Welch co-founded the Master of Real Estate Development degree program, which program he directed through 2013. During this same period, Professor Welch was Executive Director of the newly formed Ivory-Boyer Real Estate Center. In 2011, Professor Welch developed and scaled the Business Scholars honors undergraduate program, which he directed until late 2016. Professor Welch is currently Director of Eccles Global, which entity tasked to provide a cohort global learning platform for Eccles students, and mobility support for faculty-led global programs. Prior to his faculty appointment at Eccles, Professor Welch served for over twenty-five years at JP Morgan where he developed an expertise in financial and real estate capital markets. In addition to his duties at the University of Utah, Professor Welch continues to serve as a member of the Wasatch Choice for 2040 Advisory Board, and on the University of Utah Campus Planning Advisory Board. Professor Welch is a past Commissioner, and Chairman of the Salt Lake City Housing Authority, and served on the Ballet West Board of Directors. Professor Welch earned an MBA from DePaul University in 1986, and a BS degree in Speech Communication from the University of Utah in 1982. Professor Welch is married to Kelly, and together they enjoy their four children and three grandchildren.