Education Realty Trust (EDR) Adds Physicians Realty Trust's Thomas as Director

October 3, 2016 4:34 PM EDT

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EdR (NYSE: EDR) announced the appointment of John T. Thomas to the Company's Board of Directors, effective immediately. Thomas will serve as an independent director of the company.

"John's business acumen, knowledge of REITs and legal matters will benefit EdR. He will be a valuable resource to our board and management team," said Randy Churchey, EdR's chief executive officer.

Thomas has been the president, chief executive officer and member of the board of trustees of Physicians Realty Trust (NYSE: DOC) since August 2013. DOC is an internally managed healthcare REIT with a focus on acquiring and managing medical office buildings and other healthcare facilities that has invested $2.4 billion in 222 properties across 30 states since its IPO in 2013.

Prior to that Thomas was executive vice president – medical facilities group for Health Care REIT Inc. from January 2009 to July 2012. Under his guidance, the total net investments of HCN's medical facilities group grew from $2.3 billion in assets to approximately $5 billion.

Thomas received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and his B.S. in Economics from Jacksonville State University, where he was a scholarship letterman on the football team and a member of the Academic All-Conference Team. Thomas graduated with Distinction and Special Honors in Economics.

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