Fall 2007

In Brief

$25 Million Gift from Barbara and Gerson Bakar to Add Five New Faculty Members to Haas School of Business

The Haas School of Business will create at least five new faculty positions thanks to a $25 million gift from alumnus Gerson Bakar, a prominent San Francisco real estate developer, and his wife, Barbara Bass Bakar.

Dean Campbell to Step Down Next Year

Tom Campbell, the Bank of America Dean of the Haas School, will step down from his position next summer after completing his five-year appointment.

Students Run Social Investments

Berkeley MBA students will manage a socially responsible investment fund for the first time this fall.

Varian is Google Chief Economist

Haas School Professor Hal Varian has been appointed chief economist at Google, the Silicon Valley search giant.

Nonprofit Center Launched

The Nonprofit and Public Management Program became the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership this September. The center's mission is to prepare students to found, lead, manage, or govern nonprofit organizations and organizations for the public good.

Wall Street Journal Ranks Haas #2

The Haas School ranked #2 in this year's Wall Street Journal, up from #5 in 2006. This was the strongest showing of the Berkeley MBA program in any major, popular ranking.

Haas Welcomes New MBA Students

The Haas School welcomed 482 new full-time and evening & weekend MBA students this August.

California Management Review Celebrates Fifty Years of New Ideas

The California Management Review (CMR) will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary in November with the publication of a special "Leading Through Innovation" issue that will focus entirely on Haas School faculty research exploring various aspects of innovation.

Students Swim Tahoe for Charity

Battling the elements, Berkeley MBA students Matt Evans, MBA 08, and Ken Wallace, MBA 08, and four friends swam across Lake Tahoe and back to raise money for the League to Save Lake Tahoe and for the National Brain Tumor Foundation.

Gift Boosts Finance Careers

The Haas School has awarded the first-ever Haas Investment Banking Fellowships to six second-year Full-time Berkeley MBA students.

Aspen Institute Ranks Haas #4

The Full-time Berkeley MBA Program jumped seven places from #11 in 2005 to #4 in the world in the 2007 Beyond Grey Pinstripes survey, published by the Aspen Institute on October 10.

Hochbaum Joins Defense Research

A team of UC Berkeley researchers including Haas School Professor Dorit Hochbaum was recently awarded a $7.1 million federal grant to develop nuclear-detection technology to better protect the nation from terrorist threats.

BASE Celebrates its Tenth Year

Now in its tenth year, the Haas School's Business for Arts, Sciences, and Engineering (BASE) program drew over 110 applicants and quickly filled to capacity this summer with 52 students from schools including Brown, Cornell, Duke, and Oxford.

Haas@Work Heads to Cisco

Looking for innovative ways to utilize Web 2.0 technologies to market their products to small and medium-sized businesses, Cisco Systems turned to Berkeley MBA students for an influx of fresh ideas.


Blue Cohort

Blue Cohort Participates in Competitive Games at Orientation Week
Full-time Berkeley MBA Students participated in activities, including a ropes course and competitive games, throughout Orientation Week this August to promote team- and trust-building.