Hankin Lecture to focus on movement toward sustainable housing recovery

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Dan Fulton, retired president and CEO of Weyerhaeuser Company, will deliver the 2015 Hankin Lecture at 4 p.m. on Nov. 11 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

The event is free and open to the public. An informal reception will follow.

His lecture, titled “'Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me': Waiting for the Breakout of Household Formation That’s Needed to Drive a Sustainable Housing Recovery,” will take its lead from the title of Richard Fariña’s 1966 book by the same name. The presentation will summarize the data behind this unprecedented housing downturn and what signals the steady movement toward recovery.

Fulton spent 38 years at Weyerhaeuser, one of the largest sustainable forest products companies in the world, where he held a number of roles throughout the organization, primarily in the areas of real estate finance, land development and homebuilding.

During his tenure as CEO at Weyerhaeuser, Fulton was a member of the Business Roundtable (BRT), where he served as the chair of the BRT Housing Subcommittee, and he is past chair of the Washington Roundtable, where he continues as a member of the Executive Committee. He also served on the boards of a number of industry associations, including the National Alliance of Forest Owners, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, the Sustainable Forest Initiative, and the American Forest and Paper Association.

Fulton is a director of Saltchuk Resources, a privately owned Seattle company primarily engaged in transportation and distribution, and is a director of TRI Pointe Homes, which became a Top 10 homebuilder in 2014 through its merger with the Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company. He is also the past chair of the Policy Advisory Board of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, where he continues to serve as an Executive Fellow.

Fulton, a Pennsylvania native, graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Miami University (Ohio) in 1970 and a master of business administration degree in finance from the University of Washington in 1976, and he completed the Stanford University Executive Program in 2001.

Established in 2006 in honor of the late Bernard Hankin, the Hankin Distinguished Lecture Series brings world-class speakers to Penn State to address students and faculty with thought-provoking topics and education.

Dan Fulton Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

Last Updated October 21, 2015