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Legacy of Giving

Posted September 28, 2018 in Articles

Real estate mogul Paul J. Everson provided a posthumous gift to Cleveland State University to support the Paul J. Everson Real Estate Center in the Monte Ahuja College of Business.

The gift provides scholarships for finance students interested in the real estate industry and supports faculty research activities in real estate and educational activities such as the center’s annual real estate conference.

Legacy of Giving

The gift fulfills Everson’s lifelong dedication to the real estate industry as well as his commitment to scholarship and professional development. At the time of his bequest, he expressed hope that the donation would have a lasting effect on real estate professionals in the community, allowing them to “take their careers to the next level.”

For more than 40 years, the name Paul J. Everson was synonymous with real estate in Northeast Ohio. The retired president of Paul J. Everson & Associates worked diligently to advance the business of real estate as a broker, agent, developer and educator. He served as president of United Multiple Listing Services Inc., the Cleveland Area Board of Realtors, the Ohio Association of Realtors, the Northeast Ohio Apartment Association, the Euclid Development Corporation and the Ohio Real Estate Commission.

For his sustained contributions to the profession, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree from CSU in 2008.

His support for real estate education began in 1992 when he established the Paul J. Everson Scholarship Fund. In 2008, a $1 million gift created the Paul J. Everson Center for the Study of Real Estate Brokerage/Agency and Markets, and the Paul J. Everson Endowed Distinguished Professorship.

To discuss opportunities to support CSU through estate planning, email, phone 216-875-9833 or visit

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