AMENDMENT ONE TO EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

AMENDMENT TWO TO EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

AMENDMENT THREE TO EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

 

 William C. Bayless, Jr.

EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

 

This EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT is made and entered into as of this      day of July, 2004, by and between American Campus Communities, Inc. (the “Company”) and William C. Bayless, Jr. (the “Executive”).

 

W I T N E S S E T H :

 

WHEREAS, the Company desires to employ Executive and to enter into an agreement embodying the terms of such employment (this “Agreement”) and Executive desires to enter into this Agreement and to accept such employment, subject to the terms and provisions of this Agreement.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and mutual covenants contained herein and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt of which is mutually acknowledged, the Company and Executive agree as follows:

 

Section 1. Definitions.

 

(a) “Accrued Obligations” shall mean (i) all accrued but unpaid Base Salary through the date of termination of Executive’s employment, (ii) any unpaid Annual Bonus in respect to any completed fiscal year which has ended prior to the date of termination of Executive’s employment, (iii) any earned but unpaid holiday, vacation or paid time off; and (iv) any expenses incurred in accordance with Section 7, below, that remain unpaid or unreimbursed as of the date of termination of Executive’s employment. The Accrued Obligations shall be paid within five (5) business days of the termination of Executive’s employment under this Agreement, except amounts payable with respect to unpaid Annual Bonus, which shall be paid on the earlier of (i) the first (1st) anniversary of the date upon which Executive’s Annual Bonus was paid in respect of the prior year, or (ii) at such time Annual Bonus amounts are paid to other senior executives.

 

(b) “Aggregate Payment” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 9 below.

 

(c) “Additional Payment” shall have the meaning set forth in Section 9 below.

 

(d) “Auditor” shall mean a nationally recognized United States public accounting firm, jointly selected by the Company and Executive, which has not, during the two years preceding the date of its selection, acted in any way on behalf of the Company. If Executive and the Company cannot agree on the firm to serve as the Auditor, then Executive and the Company shall each select one accounting firm and those two firms shall jointly select the accounting firm to serve as the Auditor.

 

(e) “Base Salary” shall mean the salary provided for in Section 4(a) below or any increased salary granted to Executive pursuant to Section 4(a).

 

(f) “Board” shall mean the Board of Directors of the Company.

 

(g) “Cause” shall mean (i) Executive’s act of gross negligence or gross misconduct that that has the effect of injuring the business of the Company and its affiliates,


taken as a whole, in any material respect; (ii) Executive’s conviction of, or plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, the commission of a felony by Executive; (iii) the commission by Executive of an act of fraud or embezzlement against the Company or its affiliates; or (iv) Executive’s willful breach of any material provision of this Agreement or the Noncompete Agreement.

 

(h) “Change in Control” shall mean:

 

(i) The acquisition by any individual, entity or group (other than the Company or any employee benefit plan of the Company) of beneficial ownership (within the meaning of Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) of securities representing more than 50% of the voting securities of the Company entitled to vote generally in the election of directors, determined on a fully-diluted basis (“Company Voting Securities”); provided, however, that such acquisition shall not constitute a Change in Control hereunder if a majority of the holders of the Company Voting Securities immediately prior to such acquisition retain directly or through ownership of one or more holding companies, immediately following such acquisition, a majority of the voting securities entitled to vote generally in the election of directors of the successor entity;

 

(ii) The date upon which individuals who as of the date hereof constitute a majority of the Board (the “Incumbent Board”) cease to constitute at least a majority of the Board, provided, that any individual becoming a director subsequent to the date hereof whose election, or nomination for election by the Company’s shareholders, was approved by a vote of at least a majority of the directors then comprising the Incumbent Board shall be considered as though such individual were a member of the Incumbent Board; or

 

(iii) Consummation of a reorganization, merger or consolidation or sale or other disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company (a “Business Combination”), in each case, unless, following such Business Combination, all or substantially all of the individuals or entities who were the beneficial owners, respectively, of the Company Voting Securities immediately prior to such Business Combination beneficially own, directly or indirectly, more than 50% of, respectively, the then outstanding voting securities entitled to vote generally in the election of directors, as the case may be, of the corporation resulting from such Business Combination (including, without limitation, a corporation which as a result of such transaction owns the Company or all or substantially all of the Company’s assets either directly or through one or more subsidiaries).

 

(i) “COBRA” shall mean the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, as amended.

 

(j) “Code” shall mean the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

 

(k) “Disability” shall mean any physical or mental disability or infirmity that prevents the performance of Executive’s duties for a period of (i) six (6) consecutive months or (ii) an aggregate of twelve (12) months in any twenty-four consecutive month period. Any question as to the existence, extent or potentiality of Executive’s Disability upon which Executive and the Company cannot agree shall be determined by a qualified, independent physician selected by the Company and approved by Executive (which approval shall not be unreasonably withheld). The determination of any such physician shall be final and conclusive for all purposes of this Agreement.

 

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(l) “Effective Date” shall mean the date of the consummation of the Company’s initial public offering pursuant to an effective registration statement on Form S-11.

 

(m) “Excise Tax” shall mean any tax imposed under Section 4999 of the Code or any similar tax that may hereafter be imposed.

 

(n) “Good Reason” shall mean, without Executive’s consent, (i) any material diminution or change in the nature or scope of Executive’s functions, duties, position, responsibilities, or reporting relationships that are inconsistent with the Executive’s titles or this Agreement; (ii) the relocation of Executive’s principal office location more than fifty (50) miles from its current location; (iii) the failure of the Company to obtain the assumption in writing of its obligation to perform this Agreement by any successor to all or substantially all of the assets of the Company; or (iv) a breach by the Company of any material provision of this Agreement.

 

(o) “Noncompete Agreement” shall mean the Confidentiality and Noncompetition Agreement attached hereto as Exhibit A.

 

(p) “Outperformance Bonus Program” shall mean the Company’s 2004 Outperformance Bonus Program.

 

(q) “PIUs” shall have the meaning set forth in the Plan.

 

(r) “Plan” shall mean the Company’s 2004 Incentive Award Plan.

 

(s) “Restricted Period” shall have the meaning set forth in the Noncompete Agreement.

 

(t) “Severance Term” shall have the period specified in Section 8(d)(ii) below.

 

(u) “Term of Employment” shall mean the period specified in Section 2 below.

 

Section 2. Acceptance and Term of Employment.

 

The Company agrees to employ Executive and Executive agrees to serve the Company on the terms and conditions set forth herein. The Term of Employment hereunder shall commence on the Effective Date and shall continue until terminated as provided in Section 8 hereof.

 

Section 3. Position, Duties and Responsibilities; Place of Performance.

 

(a) During the Term of Employment, Executive shall be employed and serve as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company (together with such other position or positions consistent with Executive’s title as the Board shall specify from time to time) and

 

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shall have such duties typically associated with such title. Executive also agrees to serve as an officer and/or director of any subsidiary of the Company without additional compensation. Although Executive is not a Member of the Board of Directors as of the Effective Date, the parties acknowledge and agree that Executive shall have the right to be present at any meetings of the Board at which the other members of the Company’s executive management team are permitted to attend, and shall receive notification in the same manner and timing as delivered to the Board with respect to such meetings; provided, however, that Executive shall not be entitled to be present at any meeting of the Board pursuant to which an agenda item concerns or otherwise relates to Executive.

 

(b) Executive shall devote his full business time, attention, skill and best efforts to the performance of his duties under this Agreement and shall not engage in any other business or occupation during the Term of Employment, including, without limitation, any activity that (x) conflicts with the interests of the Company, (y) interferes with the proper and efficient performance of his duties for the Company, or (z) interferes with the exercise of his judgment in the Company’s best interests. Notwithstanding the foregoing, nothing herein shall preclude Executive from (i) serving, with the prior written consent of the Company, as a member of the board of directors or advisory boards (or their equivalents in the case of a non-corporate entity) of non-competing businesses and charitable organizations, (ii) engaging in charitable activities and community affairs, and (iii) managing his personal investments and affairs; provided, however, that the activities set out in clauses (i), (ii) and (iii) shall be limited by Executive so as not to materially interfere, individually or in the aggregate, with the performance of his duties and responsibilities hereunder.

 

(c) Executive’s principal place of employment shall be in Austin, Texas, although Executive understands and agrees that he may be required to travel from time to time for business reasons.

 

Section 4. Compensation. During the Term of Employment, Executive shall be entitled to the following compensation:

 

(a) Base Salary. Executive shall be paid an initial Base Salary (the “Base Salary”), at the annual rate of no less than $300,000, subject to applicable and authorized deductions and withholdings and payable in accordance with the regular payroll practices of the Company. Such Base Salary may be increased by the Board in its discretion, but in no event may be decreased.

 

(b) Annual Bonus. Executive shall be eligible for an annual cash bonus award determined by the Compensation Committee of the Board in respect of each fiscal year during the Term of Employment (the “Annual Bonus”); provided, however, that in the event the Company adopts an annual bonus plan for its senior executives, Executive shall participate in such plan on the same basis as other senior executives of the Company (with appropriate adjustment due to differences in title and salary). Executive shall receive the Annual Bonus in respect of any year at the same time as bonuses are paid to other executive officers of the Company, but in no event later than ninety (90) days after the end of the fiscal year for which the bonus is payable.

 

(c) Equity Grants. As of the Effective Date, pursuant to the terms of the Plan, the Company shall grant Executive              PIUs, which shall be immediately vested as of the Effective Date.

 

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(d) Outperformance Award. Subject to the terms and conditions of the Company’s 2004 Outperformance Bonus Program, Executive shall be eligible to receive an outperformance award thereunder, representing     % of the total bonus pool available under the Outperformance Bonus Program.

 

(e) Legal Fees. The Company shall reimburse Executive for reasonable and necessary attorneys’ fees incurred by Executive in the review and analysis of this Agreement, prior to Executive’s execution of this Agreement.

 

Section 5. Employee Benefits. During the Term of Employment, Executive shall be entitled to participate in health, insurance, retirement and other benefits provided to other senior executives of the Company. Executive shall also be entitled to at least the same number of holidays, vacation, sick days and other benefits as are generally allowed to senior executives of the Company in accordance with the Company policy in effect from time to time, or as otherwise granted by the Compensation Committee of the Board.

 

Section 6. Key-Man Insurance.

 

At any time during the Term of Employment, the Company shall have the right to insure the life of Executive for the sole benefit of the Company, in such amounts, and with such terms, as it may determine. All premiums payable thereon shall be the obligation of the Company. Executive shall have no interest in any such policy, but agrees to cooperate with the Company in taking out such insurance by submitting to physical examinations, supplying all information required by the insurance company, and executing all necessary documents, provided that no financial obligation is imposed on Executive by any such documents.

 

Section 7. Reimbursement of Business Expenses.

 

Executive is authorized to incur reasonable expenses in carrying out his duties and responsibilities under this Agreement and the Company shall promptly reimburse him for all business expenses incurred in connection with carrying out the business of the Company, subject to documentation in accordance with the Company’s policy, as in effect from time to time.

 

Section 8. Termination of Employment.

 

(a) General. The Term of Employment shall terminate upon the earliest to occur of (i) Executive’s death, (ii) a termination by reason of a Disability, (iii) a termination by the Company with or without Cause, or (iv) a termination by Executive with or without Good Reason. Upon any termination of Executive’s employment for any reason, except as may otherwise be requested by the Company, Executive shall be deemed to have resigned from any and all directorships, committee memberships or any other positions Executive holds with the Company or any of its affiliates.

 

(b) Termination Due to Death or Disability. Executive’s employment shall terminate automatically upon his death. The Company may terminate Executive’s employment immediately upon the occurrence of a Disability, such termination to be effective upon Executive’s receipt of written notice of such termination. In the event Executive’s employment is terminated due to his death or Disability, Executive or his estate or his beneficiaries, as the case may be, shall be entitled to the Accrued Obligations.

 

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(c) Termination by the Company for Cause.

 

(i) A termination for Cause shall not take effect unless the provisions of this subsection (i) are complied with. The Board shall give Executive not less than ten (10) business days written notice of the Board’s intention to terminate Executive for Cause, such notice to state in detail the particular act or acts or failure or failures to act that constitute the grounds on which the proposed termination for Cause is based. Executive shall have ten (10) business days after the date that such written notice has been received by Executive in which to cure such conduct, to the extent such cure is possible. If he fails to cure such conduct, the termination shall be effective on the date immediately following the expiration of the ten (10) business day notice period.

 

(ii) In the event the Company terminates Executive’s employment for Cause, he shall be entitled to the Accrued Obligations.

 

(d) Termination By The Company Without Cause. The Company may terminate Executive’s employment at any time without Cause, effective upon Executive’s receipt of written notice of such termination. In the event Executive’s employment is terminated by the Company without Cause (other than due to death or Disability), Executive shall be entitled to:

 

(i) The Accrued Obligations;

 

(ii) An amount equal to 2.99 times the sum of (x) the annual Base Salary as of the date of termination, plus (y) an average of the Annual Bonus paid or payable to Executive under the terms of this Agreement in the three (3) fiscal years immediately prior to the fiscal year in which Executive’s termination of employment occurs; provided, however, that if Executive has been employed under the terms of this Agreement for less than three (3) fiscal years as of the date of such termination, the bonus (y) to be included in this amount shall be based on the percentage of Base Salary represented by the average Annual Bonus received by Executive under the terms of this Agreement; such amount shall be payable in equal monthly installments during the Restricted Period;

 

(iii) A pro rata Annual Bonus for the year in which such termination occurs, equal to the greater of (x) the Annual Bonus paid or payable in respect of the fiscal year immediately prior the fiscal year in which Executive’s termination of employment occurs, or (y) Executive’s target Annual Bonus for the year in which such termination occurs, multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which equals the number of days elapsed from the commencement of the fiscal year in which such termination occurs through the date of such termination, and the denominator of which equals 365; such amount shall be payable in equal monthly installments during the Restricted Period; and

 

(iv) An amount equal to the difference between the amount paid by Executive for health insurance coverage under the Company’s health benefit plan immediately prior to such termination and the cost of continuation coverage under COBRA, payable on a monthly basis for the period ending on the second (2nd) anniversary of the date of such termination; provided, that if prior to the second (2nd) anniversary of the date of such termination Executive is eligible to receive health insurance benefits from a subsequent employer, payments under this subsection (iv) shall cease as of the date Executive becomes eligible.

 

(e) Termination By The Executive With Good Reason. Executive may terminate his employment with Good Reason by providing the Company thirty (30) days’ written notice setting forth in reasonable specificity the event that constitutes Good Reason, within sixty (60) days of the occurrence of such event. During such thirty (30) day notice period, the

 

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Company shall have a cure right (if curable), and if not cured within such period, Executive’s termination will be effective upon the expiration of such cure period, and the Executive shall be entitled to the same payments and benefits as provided in Section 8(d) above for a termination without Cause.

 

(f) Termination By Executive Without Good Reason. Executive may terminate his employment without Good Reason by providing the Company thirty (30) days’ written notice of such termination. In the event of a termination of employment by Executive under this Section 8(f), Executive shall be entitled to the Accrued Obligations. In the event of termination of Executive’s employment under this subsection (f), the Company may, in its sole and absolute discretion, at any time after notice of termination has been given by Executive, terminate Executive’s employment (which in no event shall be treated as a termination without Cause or an event of Good Reason), provided that the Company shall continue to pay to Executive his then current Base Salary and continue benefits provided pursuant to Section 5 for the duration of the unexpired notice period.

 

(g) Mitigation; Offset. In the event of any termination of employment under this Section 8, Executive shall be under no obligation to mitigate amounts payable hereunder by seeking other employment or otherwise, and there shall be no offset against any payments or amounts due to Executive under the terms of this Agreement on account of any subsequent employment by Executive or otherwise.

 

(h) Release. Notwithstanding any provision herein to the contrary, the Company may require that, prior to payment of any amount or provision of any benefit pursuant to subsections (d) or (e) of this Section 8, Executive shall have executed a complete release of the Company and its affiliates and related parties in such form as is reasonably required by the Company, and any waiting periods contained in such release shall have expired.

 

Section 9. Additional Payment.

 

(a) In the event that payments or benefits made or provided to the Executive under this Agreement and under any other plan, program or agreement of the Company, or any of their respective affiliates (the “Aggregate Payment”) are or become subject to the Excise Tax, the Company shall pay to the Executive an additional amount (the “Additional Payment”) such that the net amount retained by the Executive with respect to the Aggregate Payment, after deduction of any Excise Tax on the Aggregate Payment and any Federal, state and local income tax and Excise Tax on the Additional Payment (and any interest and penalties thereon), but before deduction for any Federal, state or local income or employment tax withholding on such Aggregate Payment, shall be equal to the amount of the Aggregate Payment.

 

(b) The determination of whether the Aggregate Payment will be subject to the Excise Tax and, if so, the amount to be paid to the Executive and the time of payment pursuant to this Section 9 shall be made by the Auditor. All fees and expenses of the Auditor shall be borne solely by the Company.

 

(c) For purposes of determining the amount of the Additional Payment, the Executive shall be deemed to pay:

 

(i) Federal income taxes at the highest applicable marginal rate of Federal income taxation for the calendar year in which the Additional Payment is to be made, and

 

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(ii) Any applicable state and local income taxes at the highest applicable marginal rate of taxation for the calendar year in which the Additional Payment is to be made, net of the maximum reduction in Federal incomes taxes which could be obtained from the deduction of such state or local taxes if paid in such year.

 

(d) In the event that the Excise Tax is subsequently determined by the Auditor or pursuant to any proceeding or negotiations with the Internal Revenue Service to be less than the amount taken into account hereunder in calculating the Additional Payment made, Executive shall repay to the Company, at the time that the amount of such reduction in the Excise Tax is finally determined, the portion of such prior Additional Payment that would not have been paid if such Excise Tax had been applied in initially calculating such Additional Payment.

 

(e) In the event that the Excise Tax is subsequently determined by the Auditor or pursuant to any proceeding or negotiations with the Internal Revenue Service to exceed the amount taken into account hereunder at the time the Additional Payment is made (including, but not limited to, by reason of any payment the existence or amount of which cannot be determined at the time of the Additional Payment), the Company shall make an additional payment in respect of such excess (plus any interest or penalty payable with respect to such excess) at the time that the amount of such excess is finally determined.

 

Section 10. Noncompete Agreement

 

As a condition to his employment pursuant to this Agreement, Executive shall execute the Noncompete Agreement. Executive hereby represents and warrants to the Company that he will comply with all obligations under the Noncompete Agreement and further agrees that the Noncompete Agreement will survive any termination of this Agreement or Executive’s employment, or subsequent service relationship with the Company, if any. Executive agrees that any breach of his obligations under the Noncompete Agreement shall likewise and to the same extent be viewed as a breach hereunder.

 

Section 11. Representations and Warranties of Executive.

 

Executive represents that:

 

(a) Executive is entering into this Agreement voluntarily and that his employment hereunder and compliance with the terms and conditions hereof will not conflict with or result in the breach by him of any agreement to which he is a party or by which he may be bound;

 

(b) he has not, and in connection with his employment with the Company will not, violate any non-solicitation or other similar covenant or agreement by which he is or may be bound;

 

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(c) in connection with his employment with the Company he will not use any confidential or proprietary information he may have obtained in connection with employment with any prior employer; and

 

(d) during the Term of Employment, Executive will not in any way attempt to limit the financial risk with respect to unvested options to purchase shares of the Company or any other stock-based awards granted under the Plan or otherwise, by means of any hedging (including without limitation, selling short) or other techniques.

 

Section 12. Taxes.

 

The Company may withhold from any payments made under this Agreement all applicable taxes, including but not limited to income, employment and social insurance taxes, as shall be required by law.

 

Section 13. Successors and Assigns; No Third-Party Beneficiaries.

 

(a) The Company. This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by, and may be assigned by the Company to, any purchaser of all or substantially all of the Company’s business or assets, any successor to the Company or any assignee thereof (whether direct or indirect, by purchase, merger, consolidation or otherwise). The Company will require any such purchaser, successor or assignee to expressly assume and agree to perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent that the Company would be required to perform it if no such purchase, succession or assignment had taken place.

 

(b) Executive. Executive’s rights and obligations under this Agreement shall not be transferable by Executive by assignment or otherwise, without the prior written consent of the Company; provided, however, that if Executive shall die, all amounts then payable to Executive hereunder shall be paid in accordance with the terms of this Agreement to Executive’s devisee, legatee or other designee or, if there be no such designee, to Executive’s estate.

 

Section 14. Waiver and Amendments.

 

Any waiver, alteration, amendment or modification of any of the terms of this Agreement shall be valid only if made in writing and signed by the parties hereto; provided, however, that any such waiver, alteration, amendment or modification is consented to on the Company’s behalf by the Board. No waiver by either of the parties hereto of their rights hereunder shall be deemed to constitute a waiver with respect to any subsequent occurrences or transactions hereunder unless such waiver specifically states that it is to be construed as a continuing waiver.

 

Section 15. Severability and Governing Law.

 

If any covenants or such other provisions of this Agreement are found to be invalid or unenforceable by a final determination of a court of competent jurisdiction: (a) the remaining terms and provisions hereof shall be unimpaired, and (b) the invalid or unenforceable term or provision hereof shall be deemed replaced by a term or provision that is valid and enforceable and that comes closest to expressing the intention of the invalid or unenforceable

 

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term or provision hereof. THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF TEXAS (WITHOUT GIVING EFFECT TO THE CHOICE OF LAW PRINCIPLES THEREOF) APPLICABLE TO CONTRACTS MADE AND TO BE PERFORMED ENTIRELY WITHIN SUCH STATE.

 

Section 16. Notices.

 

(a) Every notice or other communication relating to this Agreement shall be in writing, and shall be mailed to or delivered to the party for whom it is intended at such address as may from time to time be designated by it in a notice mailed or delivered to the other party as herein provided, provided that, unless and until some other address be so designated, all notices or communications by Executive to the Company shall be mailed or delivered to the Company at its principal executive office, and all notices or communications by the Company to Executive may be given to Executive personally or may be mailed to Executive at Executive’s last known address, as reflected in the Company’s records.

 

(b) Any notice so addressed shall be deemed to be given: (i) if delivered by hand, on the date of such delivery; (ii) if mailed by courier or by overnight mail, on the first business day following the date of such mailing; and (iii) if mailed by registered or certified mail, on the third business day after the date of such mailing.

 

Section 17. Dispute Resolution.

 

Any controversy arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the breach hereof (other than claims for injunctive relief arising under the Noncompete Agreement) shall be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the Employment Dispute Resolution Rules of the American Arbitration Association (with the exception that there will be a panel of three arbitrators rather than a single arbitrator) and judgment upon the award rendered may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. The costs of any such arbitration proceedings shall be borne equally by the Company and Executive, and neither party shall be entitled to recover attorney’s fee or costs expended in the course of such arbitration or enforcement of the awarded rendered thereunder. The location for the arbitration shall be Austin, Texas. Any award made by such arbitrator shall be final, binding and conclusive on the parties for all purposes, and judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrators may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof.

 

Section 18. Section Headings.

 

The headings of the sections and subsections of this Agreement are inserted for convenience only and shall not be deemed to constitute a part thereof, affect the meaning or interpretation of this Agreement or of any term or provision hereof.

 

Section 19. Entire Agreement.

 

This Agreement, together with any exhibits attached hereto, constitutes the entire understanding and agreement of the parties hereto regarding the employment of Executive, including, without limitation, any prior employment agreements with the Company or its

 

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affiliates. This Agreement supersedes all prior negotiations, discussions, correspondence, communications, understandings and agreements between the parties relating to the subject matter of this Agreement.

 

Section 20. Survival of Operative Sections.

 

Upon any termination of Executive’s employment, the provisions of Section 8 through Section 21 of this Agreement shall survive to the extent necessary to give effect to the provisions thereof.

 

Section 21. Counterparts.

 

This Agreement may be executed in two or more counterparts, each of which shall be deemed to be an original but all of which together shall constitute one and the same instrument. The execution of this Agreement may be by actual or facsimile signature.

 

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[Signatures to appear on the following page.]

 

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the undersigned have executed this Agreement as of the date first above written.

 

 

AMERICAN CAMPUS COMMUNITIES, INC.

 


By:

Title:

 

William C. Bayless, Jr.

 


 

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                                                                    EXHIBIT 99.6

 

                     FIRST AMENDMENT TO EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

 

          This First Amendment to Employment Agreement (this "Amendment"), dated

as of April 28, 2005, by and between American Campus Communities, Inc. (the

"Company") and William C. Bayless, Jr. ("Executive").

 

         WHEREAS, the Company and Executive have entered into an employment

agreement dated as of August 11, 2004 (the "Employment Agreement"); and

 

         WHEREAS, the Company and Executive desire to amend the Employment

Agreement as set forth herein.

 

         NOW, THEREFORE, the Company and Executive agree as follows:

 

          1. COBRA Coverage Upon Termination by the Company Without Cause.

Section 8(d)(iv) of the Employment agreement is amended and restated to read in

its entirety as follows:

 

                  "(iv) An amount equal to the difference between the amount

         paid by Executive for health insurance coverage under the Company's

         health benefit plan immediately prior to such termination and the cost

         of continuation coverage under COBRA, payable on a monthly basis for

         the period ending on the expiration of the Restricted Period; provided,

         that if prior to the expiration of the Restricted Period Executive is

         eligible to receive health insurance benefits from a subsequent

         employer, payments under this subsection (iv) shall cease as of the

         date Executive becomes eligible."

 

          2. Capitalized Terms. Capitalized terms used herein and not otherwise

defined shall have the meanings assigned to such terms in the Employment

Agreement.

 

          3. Ratification. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this

Amendment, the Employment Agreement is hereby ratified and confirmed and shall

continue in full force and effect in accordance with its terms.

 

          4. Counterparts. This Amendment may be executed in identical

counterparts, which when taken together shall constitute one and the same

instrument. A counterpart transmitted by facsimile shall be deemed an original

for all purposes.

 

 

 

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         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Amendment as of the

date first above written.

 

             AMERICAN CAMPUS COMMUNITIES, INC.

 

 

 

             By: /s/ Brian B. Nickel

             -----------------------------------------------

             Name: Brian B. Nickel

             Title: Executive Vice President,

                    Chief Investment Officer

                    and Secretary

 

 

 

             /s/ William C. Bayless, Jr.

             -----------------------------------------------

             William C. Bayless, Jr.

 

 

 

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EXHIBIT 99.3

SECOND AMENDMENT TO EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

     This Second Amendment to Employment Agreement (this “Amendment”), dated as of November 1, 2007, by and between American Campus Communities, Inc. (the “Company”) and William C. Bayless, Jr. (“Executive”).

     WHEREAS, the Company and Executive have entered into an employment agreement dated as of August 11, 2004, as amended (the “Employment Agreement”); and

     WHEREAS, the Company and Executive desire to amend the Employment Agreement as set forth herein.

     NOW, THEREFORE, the Company and Executive agree as follows:

     1. Accrued Obligations. Section 1(a) of the Employment Agreement is amended and restated to read in its entirety as follows:

     “(a) “Accrued Obligations” shall mean (i) all accrued but unpaid Base Salary through the date of termination of Executive’s employment, (ii) any unpaid Annual Bonus in respect to any completed fiscal year which has ended prior to the date of termination of Executive’s employment, (iii) any earned but unpaid holiday, vacation or paid time off; and (iv) any expenses incurred in accordance with Section 7, below, that remain unpaid or unreimbursed as of the date of termination of Executive’s employment. The Accrued Obligations shall be paid within five (5) business days of the termination of Executive’s employment under this Agreement, except amounts payable with respect to unpaid Annual Bonus, which shall be paid on the earliest of (i) the first (1st) anniversary of the date upon which Executive’s Annual Bonus was paid in respect of the prior year, (ii) at such time Annual Bonus amounts are paid to other senior executives, or (iii) March 15th of the calendar year following such termination of Executive’s employment.”

     2. Good Reason. Section 1(n) of the Employment agreement is amended and restated to read in its entirety as follows:

     “(o) “Good Reason” shall mean, without Executive’s consent, (i) any material diminution or change in the nature or scope of Executive’s functions, duties, position, responsibilities, or reporting relationships that are inconsistent with Executive’s titles (as specified in Section 3(a) hereof) or this Agreement; (ii) the relocation of Executive’s principal office location more than fifty (50) miles from its current location; (iii) the failure of the Company to obtain the assumption in writing of its obligation to perform this Agreement by any successor to all or substantially all of the assets of the Company in a transaction constituting a “Change in Ownership or Effective Control” within the meaning of the regulations issued under Section 409A of the Code; or (iv) a breach by the Company of any material provision of this Agreement.”

 


 

     3. Termination By The Company Without Cause. Section 8(d) of the Employment Agreement is amended and restated to read in its entirety as follows:

     “(d) Termination By The Company Without Cause. The Company may terminate Executive’s employment at any time without Cause, effective upon Executive’s receipt of written notice of such termination. In the event Executive’s employment is terminated by the Company without Cause (other than due to death or Disability), Executive shall be entitled to:

               (i) The Accrued Obligations;

               (ii) An amount equal to 2.99 times the sum of (x) the annual Base Salary as of the date of termination, plus (y) an average of the Annual Bonus paid or payable to Executive under the terms of this Agreement in the three (3) fiscal years immediately prior to the fiscal year in which Executive’s termination of employment occurs; provided, however, that if Executive has been employed under the terms of this Agreement for less than three (3) fiscal years as of the date of such termination, the bonus (y) to be included in this amount shall be based on the percentage of Base Salary represented by the average Annual Bonus as a percent of the corresponding average annual compensation received by Executive under the terms of this Agreement; provided, further, that if the bonus (y) to be included in this amount is with respect to the 2005 or the 2006 fiscal year, such amount shall be equal to the greater of (A) the Annual Bonus paid or payable to Executive with respect to the 2005 fiscal year or (B) 50% of Executive’s Base Salary as of the date of termination, such amount shall be payable in full no later than March 15th of the calendar tax year following such termination of Executive’s employment;

               (iii) A pro rata Annual Bonus for the year in which such termination occurs, equal to the greater of (x) the Annual Bonus paid or payable in respect of the fiscal year immediately prior the fiscal year in which Executive’s termination of employment occurs, or (y) Executive’s target Annual Bonus for the year in which such termination occurs, multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which equals the number of days elapsed from the commencement of the fiscal year in which such termination occurs through the date of such termination, and the denominator of which equals 365; such amount shall be payable in full no later than March 15th of the calendar tax year following such termination of Executive’s employment; and

               (iv) Payment for his benefit towards the cost of health continuation coverage of an amount equal to the difference between the amount paid by Executive for health insurance coverage under the Company’s health benefit plan immediately prior to such termination and the cost of continuation coverage under COBRA, through the period ending on the expiration of the Restricted Period; provided, that if prior to the expiration of the Restricted Period Executive is eligible to receive health insurance benefits from a subsequent

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employer, payments under this subsection (iv) shall cease as of the date Executive becomes eligible.”

     4. Capitalized Terms. Capitalized terms used herein and not otherwise defined shall have the meanings assigned to such terms in the Employment Agreement.

     5. Ratification. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this Amendment, the Employment Agreement is hereby ratified and confirmed and shall continue in full force and effect in accordance with its terms.

     6. Counterparts. This Amendment may be executed in identical counterparts, which when taken together shall constitute one and the same instrument. A counterpart transmitted by facsimile shall be deemed an original for all purposes.

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     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Amendment as of the date first above written.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMERICAN CAMPUS COMMUNITIES, INC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By:

 

/s/ Brian B. Nickel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian B. Nickel Senior Executive Vice President—Capital Market
Strategies, Chief Investment Officer and Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ William C. Bayless, Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

William C. Bayless, Jr.

 

 

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EX-99.1 2 d71706exv99w1.htm EX-99.1

Exhibit 99.1

THIRD AMENDMENT TO EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT

     This Third Amendment to Employment Agreement (this “Amendment”), dated as of March 23, 2010, by and between American Campus Communities, Inc. (the “Company”) and William C. Bayless, Jr. (“Executive”).

     WHEREAS, the Company and Executive have entered into an employment agreement dated as of August 11, 2004, as amended (the “Employment Agreement”); and

     WHEREAS, the Company and Executive desire to amend the Employment Agreement as set forth herein.

     NOW, THEREFORE, the Company and Executive agree as follows:

     1. Definitions. For purposes of the Employment Agreement, the following terms shall have the definitions set forth below:

     “Restricted Stock Awards” shall mean awards of common stock of the Company issued to Executive under any benefit or similar plan of the Company.

     “Retirement” means a termination of the Term of Employment other than for Cause, Disability or death, following the date on which the sum of the following equals or exceeds seventy (70) years: (i) the number of full years of Executive’s employment and other business relationships with the Company and any predecessor of the Company and (ii) Executive’s age on the date of termination; provided that (x) Executive’s employment by (or other business relationships with) the Company and any predecessor of the Company have continued for a period of at least one hundred twenty (120) contiguous full months at the time of termination and, on the date of termination, Executive is at least fifty (50) years old; (y) in the case of termination of the Term of Employment, Executive gives at least six (6) months’ prior written notice to the Company of his or her intention to retire; and (z) the Noncompete Agreement remains in full force and effect and Executive enters into a general release of all claims in a form that is reasonably satisfactory to the Company.

     2. Termination of Employment. Section 8 of the Employment Agreement is amended and restated to read in its entirety as follows:

     “(a) General. The Term of Employment shall terminate upon the earliest to occur of (i) Executive’s death, (ii) a termination by reason of a Disability, (iii) a termination by reason of Retirement, (iv) a termination by the Company with or without Cause, or (v) a termination by Executive with or without Good Reason. Upon any termination of Executive’s employment for any reason, except as may otherwise be requested by the Company, Executive shall be deemed to have resigned from any and all directorships, committee memberships or any other positions Executive holds with the Company or any of its affiliates.

     (b) Termination Due to Death, Disability or Retirement. Executive’s employment shall terminate automatically upon his death or Retirement. The Company may terminate Executive’s employment immediately upon the

 

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occurrence of a Disability, such termination to be effective upon Executive’s receipt of written notice of such termination. In the event Executive’s employment is terminated due to his death, Disability or Retirement, Executive or his estate or his beneficiaries, as the case may be, shall be entitled to the Accrued Obligations and all Restricted Stock Awards shall be 100% vested.

     (c) Termination by the Company for Cause.

          (i) A termination for Cause shall not take effect unless the provisions of this subsection (i) are complied with. The Board shall give Executive not less than ten (10) business days written notice of the Board’s intention to terminate Executive for Cause, such notice to state in detail the particular act or acts or failure or failures to act that constitute the grounds on which the proposed termination for Cause is based. Executive shall have ten (10) business days after the date that such written notice has been received by Executive in which to cure such conduct, to the extent such cure is possible. If he fails to cure such conduct, the termination shall be effective on the date immediately following the expiration of the ten (10) business day notice period.

          (ii) In the event the Company terminates Executive’s employment for Cause, he shall be entitled to the Accrued Obligations and all unvested Restricted Stock Awards as of the date of termination shall be forfeited and any rights Executive had to such unvested Restricted Stock Awards shall become null and void.

     (d) Termination By The Company Without Cause. The Company may terminate Executive’s employment at any time without Cause, effective upon Executive’s receipt of written notice of such termination. In the event Executive’s employment is terminated by the Company without Cause (other than due to death or Disability), Executive shall be entitled to:

          (i) The Accrued Obligations and all Restricted Stock Awards shall be 100% vested;

          (ii) An amount equal to 2.99 times the sum of (x) the annual Base Salary as of the date of termination, plus (y) an average of the Annual Bonus paid or payable to Executive under the terms of this Agreement in the three (3) fiscal years immediately prior to the fiscal year in which Executive’s termination of employment occurs;

          (iii) A pro rata Annual Bonus for the year in which such termination occurs, equal to the greater of (x) the Annual Bonus paid or payable in respect of the fiscal year immediately prior the fiscal year in which Executive’s termination of employment occurs, or (y) Executive’s target Annual Bonus for the year in which such termination occurs, multiplied by a fraction, the numerator of which equals the number of days elapsed from the commencement of the fiscal year in which such termination occurs through the date of such termination, and

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the denominator of which equals 365; such amount shall be payable in full no later than March 15th of the calendar tax year following such termination of Executive’s employment; and

          (iv) Payment for his benefit towards the cost of health continuation coverage of an amount equal to the difference between the amount paid by Executive for health insurance coverage under the Company’s health benefit plan immediately prior to such termination and the cost of continuation coverage under COBRA, through the period ending on the expiration of the Restricted Period; provided, that if prior to the expiration of the Restricted Period Executive is eligible to receive health insurance benefits from a subsequent employer, payments under this subsection (iv) shall cease as of the date Executive becomes eligible.

     (e) Termination By Executive With Good Reason. Executive may terminate his employment with Good Reason by providing the Company thirty (30) days’ written notice setting forth in reasonable specificity the event that constitutes Good Reason, within sixty (60) days of the occurrence of such event. During such thirty (30) day notice period, the Company shall have a cure right (if curable), and if not cured within such period, Executive’s termination will be effective upon the expiration of such cure period, and Executive shall be entitled to the same payments and benefits as provided in Section 8(d) above for a termination without Cause.

     (f) Termination By Executive Without Good Reason. Executive may terminate his employment without Good Reason by providing the Company thirty (30) days’ written notice of such termination. In the event of a termination of employment by Executive under this Section 8(f), Executive shall be entitled to the Accrued Obligations and all unvested Restricted Stock Awards as of the date of termination shall be forfeited and any rights Executive had to such unvested Restricted Stock Awards shall become null and void. In the event of termination of Executive’s employment under this subsection (f), the Company may, in its sole and absolute discretion, at any time after notice of termination has been given by Executive, terminate Executive’s employment (which in no event shall be treated as a termination without Cause or an event of Good Reason), provided that the Company shall continue to pay to Executive his then current Base Salary and continue benefits provided pursuant to Section 5 for the duration of the unexpired notice period.

     (g) Mitigation; Offset. In the event of any termination of employment under this Section 8, Executive shall be under no obligation to mitigate amounts payable hereunder by seeking other employment or otherwise, and there shall be no offset against any payments or amounts due to Executive under the terms of this Agreement on account of any subsequent employment by Executive or otherwise.”

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     3. Capitalized Terms. Capitalized terms used herein and not otherwise defined shall have the meanings assigned to such terms in the Employment Agreement.

     4. Ratification. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this Amendment, the Employment Agreement is hereby ratified and confirmed and shall continue in full force and effect in accordance with its terms.

     5. Counterparts. This Amendment may be executed in identical counterparts, which when taken together shall constitute one and the same instrument. A counterpart transmitted by facsimile shall be deemed an original for all purposes.

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     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Amendment as of the date first above written.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMERICAN CAMPUS COMMUNITIES, INC.
 

 

 

By:  

/s/ Jonathan A. Graf  

 

 

 

Name:  

Jonathan A. Graf 

 

 

 

Title:  

Executive Vice President/
Chief Financial Officer 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

/s/ William C. Bayless, Jr.  

 

 

 

William C. Bayless, Jr. 

 

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