Fall 2007

In Brief

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, he told faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the school in August.

"Tom Campbell has shown exceptional leadership as dean of the Haas School by steadily increasing its reputation for excellence so that it clearly ranks among the top business schools nationally and internationally," said UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau. "On the personal front, I greatly appreciate Tom's friendship and the sage advice Tom has given me on many complicated political issues."

Over the coming year, Campbell said he will increase efforts to expand the permanent, full-time faculty so the school can improve its ratio of faculty to students and offer more and a wider variety of courses. Campbell also plans to solidify the school's emphasis on teaching about ethics in business.

"It is a tremendous honor to lead the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley," said Campbell, who became the school's thirteenth dean in August 2002. "I have been most positively impressed with the loyalty of the alumni, the excellence of the faculty, the tremendous energy and high quality of the staff, and, most of all, the students, who have made this job a joy."

Prior to joining the Haas School in 2002, Campbell was a law professor at Stanford University Law School for 19 years. He was elected five times to represent the Silicon Valley area of California in the United States Congress. Campbell also was elected as a California state senator in 1993. In 2004, Campbell served as Director of Finance for the State of California an appointment made by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer will create a campus committee to conduct a national search for a new dean for the Haas School in the coming weeks.

Campbell said he will make an announcement about his future plans after he leaves on July 15, 2008.



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