Managing University properties and facilities. Over 25,000 acres.

Mission Statement – To provide and apply a practical approach to the administration of university resources as they relate to real estate and property management.

LAND MANAGEMENT OFFICE                                                                                                          

 The Land Management Office was officially established on July 1, 1979 and charged with the responsibility for management of University and MSU Foundation properties and facilities.  Responsibilities include sales and acquisitions; real estate leases, mineral leases, property easements, performing due diligence on potential gifts of real property; construction and maintenance of physical facilities for AgBioResearch Centers; regulatory management for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; and space management for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. 

 MSU and the MSU Foundation’s current landholdings total over 25,000 acres.

 The Director of the Land Management Office reports to the following units of the University. 

  • Executive Vice President for Administrative Services
    • Responsible for real property sales and acquisitions, leases, easements, property inventories, annual property report to the Board of Trustees, property management for two off-campus research units for the College of Engineering, Hidden Lake Gardens, Demmer Shooting Sports Education and Training Center, and the Michigan Biotechnical Institute (MBI) building, and membership on the University Operations Committee.  
  • Vice President for Auxiliary Enterprises 
    • Responsible for working with the VP for Auxiliary Enterprises on real estate developments off-campus. 
  • Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
    • Responsible for operation of the South Campus Composting Facility, Anaerobic Digester, and University Farms (which is defined as all the unassigned University land south of Mt. Hope Road).  This includes staff and equipment to maintain the land for the production of livestock feed, management of animal waste, and general services to all departments that operate field and animal units.  Land Management is also responsible for property management for the Tollgate Education Center and the Physical Plant at the Kellogg Biological Station, and space management within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources 
  • Director of MSU AgBioResearch
    • Responsible for maintenance and operation of off-campus research centers, and coordination of equipment and maintenance of the MSU AgBioResearch units south of Mt. Hope Road and representing MSU AgBioResearch on the University Natural Areas Committee. 
  • Executive Director Michigan State University Foundation
    • Responsible for the evaluation of real property gifts, management, and sale of property owned by the Michigan State University Foundation. 

Michigan State University operates on the philosophy that if non-campus land is not being used for research, teaching, or outreach, it should be sold and put back on the tax rolls.  The income from the sale of excess land goes into a land and improvement fund.  This fund assists the University with purchasing additional land as needed.  

The key to the success of our present off-campus centers is largely due to the fact that the Director of MSU AgBioResearch and the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources concur that if we have off-campus research centers, they need to be funded and maintained.  Therefore, allocation of funds for these centers are made separately to ensure that they are readily available for research.

2019 Property Holdings