President and CEO, Co-Founder, American Campus Communities
Bill Bayless has been involved in the development, acquisition and/or management of more than 220 student housing communities consisting of nearly 200,000 beds, representing more than $4 billion in student housing assets. Bill was one of the original co-founders of American Campus in 1993. Since 2003, he has served as the chief executive officer of ACC. During his tenure as CEO, American Campus’s total owned and managed portfolio has increased from 16,000 beds to more than 86,000, revenues have increased 449%, and the company’s total enterprise value has increased from $295 million to $2.7 billion.
Bill led the student housing industry to a new plateau in 2003, when American Campus became the first student housing company to go public, introducing the sector to Wall Street and the institutional capital community. Bill is frequently a national speaker on the subject of real estate and student housing. He has been featured in Fortune Magazine, Real Estate Portfolio Magazine, NYSE Magazine, and the Wall Street Journal and has appeared on CNBC. In 2007 he was awarded the Central Texas Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year and was Finalist for the National Entrepreneur of the Year Award.