The Campaign for Haas

New Chairman: Blum takes helm of Haas School Board


Financier Richard Blum, BS 58, MBA 59, became chair of the Haas School Board in February.

A longtime Haas board member and recipient of the school's 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award, Blum is founder, chairman, and president of Blum Capital Partners and founder and chairman of the American Himalayan Foundation. He also founded UC Berkeley's Richard C. Blum Center for Developing Economies and is a past chair and current member of the UC Board of Regents.

Blum takes over for Michael R. Gallagher, BS 67, MBA 68, who will continue to serve on the board.
"I am thrilled to welcome Dick Blum as our new board chair, given his pioneering leadership and steadfast commitment to Berkeley Haas," says Dean Rich Lyons. "Dick can build on the good work Mike Gallagher has already done to ensure The Campaign for Haas and all it enables is successful."


Supporting the Dean's Priorities:
Haas Funds Gifts Help Realize Rich Lyons' Vision


New online learning initiatives. More student financial aid. Developing the Innovative Leader curriculum and expanding the International Business Development Program. These are four major dean¡?s initiatives supported by recent gifts to the Haas Fund.


In 2011, four alumni significantly increased support of dean's initiatives, playing a critical role in the success of the school¡?s five-year, $300 million Campaign for Haas. The four alumni are Marguerite Johnson, BA 60 (Letters and Science), and her husband, Allan Johnson, BS 62; Mario Rosati, JD 71;and Marc Singer, BS 89.


The unrestricted dean's initiatives funds make it possible for Dean Rich Lyons to pursue immediate opportunities that support the school's mission of developing leaders who redefine how business is done. Since 2009, gifts that support the dean's initiatives have increased more than any other type of gift.


Long-Distance Learning

Haas Insights, our video website for alumni, continues to provide exclusive content from the school's faculty and high-profile guest speakers. Recent videos include Whirlpool's CEO discussing innovation at the home-appliances giant and marketing guru David Aaker. Bookmark Haas Insights for quick insights from business thought leaders: insights.