Fall 2008

Alumni News


Stephanie Tibbetts, Lester Center COO, Passes Away


Stephanie Tibbetts, the chief operating officer at the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, passed away Sept. 21 after a courageous battle against cancer. She was 67.

Tibbetts joined the staff of the Lester Center shortly after its founding in 1991. She was instrumental in the Lester Center's many innovations and new programs, including the Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum and the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition, said Jerry Engel, the center's executive director.

"Stephanie has helped generations of students toward their dreams and inspired all of us who knew her with her energy, wisdom, and great warmth," Engel said. "She just never let the challenge of dealing with the illness divert her from her focus on being part of the Haas family."

Tibbetts involved her whole family in the Cal experience, Engel added, noting how even her daughter followed in her footsteps by taking a similar position at the College of Engineering. Tibbetts also loved to travel and recently went to Alaska with her husband, Jeff.

In addition to her husband, Tibbetts is survived by her daughter, Rachel, and son, Robert.


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Lester Center COO Stephanie Tibbetts

Stephanie Tibbetts,
Lester Center COO