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Winter 2005 CalBusiness  
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Feature Story

Dean's Column

Taking on the role of dean is one of the most exciting challenges in my career, given that my undergraduate business degree is from Cal. Yes, some years have passed. But we never forget the places and people who set our minds alight, and our lives on a brighter course. Cal is unrivaled on that front in my life. I suspect that most of you feel the same way.

This acting dean period cannot be a caretaker period. I promise it will not be. As a school, we’re at a turning-point in terms of the strategic options available. We have much more room now to determine what programs we offer, at what prices, with what financial aid, and to whom. We have more room to attract and compensate faculty based on market forces. And we have much more room to attract and maintain the best staff in our peer group. In short, we are unleashed. The question of our being included among the handful of the very best is not whether, but when. Berkeley is too strong a university, with too many assets, to settle for anything less.

Soon I will be presenting specific plans and objectives to the Haas Community. They will include new directions, as well as new approaches to many ongoing efforts, such as enlarging the faculty, expanding our thought leadership in critical areas, continually upgrading our already strong career services, building endowment, and completing planning on a new, second building.

As a relatively small school, Haas has always been about community, and the kind of esprit de corps that a school like ours fosters. You are an essential part of that community. I look forward to meeting you in person, as I visit alumni chapters and events over the coming year. I hope you will take the time to attend one or more of these events. If they don’t stir your enthusiasm, then we’ve got more work to do.

Most importantly, I look forward to receiving your input. The Haas School at Berkeley is a radically innovative place. Your ideas are what make it that way.

Thanks for your support. Your investments in Haas have paid off richly in the past and I will do my part to see that they continue to do so going forward.

Richar Lyons, Acting Dean, signature

Rich Lyons
Dean (Acting)


Richard Lyons, Acting Dean

Rich Lyons
Acting Dean

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