Haas Community Bids Fran Hill a Fond Farewell


After spending her past 40 years on the Berkeley campus—first as a student and then as a Haas colleague for the past 25 years—Fran Hill retired in June.

Fran contributed in several
different roles under seven Haas deans: developing admissions and
marketing programs for the PhD, MBA, and MFE programs; serving as lead author of the SBC Executive Classroom proposal and the campus submission for the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program; and working with alumni through annual giving and reunions. She made significant contributions in these areas, but her proudest achievement is raising Berkeley's reputation for MBA selectivity to among the top three business schools during her tenure as director of MBA Admissions.

"Haas is a very special place, unique among top business schools," says Hill. "Dean Lyons has articulated these distinctive qualities as a confluence of people, place, and culture. Of all of these, it is the people of Haas who have meant so much to me and I feel privileged to have played a role in identifying and recruiting so many gifted individuals to Haas over the years. I take special pride in 'my' MBA classes." Ever the fundraiser and fan, Fran urges "her" classes and all Haas alumni to "stay connected and continue your support of this remarkable enterprise."



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