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Poets & Quants
September 19, 2017
Haas Opens a New $60 Million Building
There's no doubt that UC-Berkeley Haas Dean Rich Lyons is leaving a lasting legacy on the business school he has led for the past 11 years, writes John Byrne. Not only has he crafted a set of defining leadership principles, launched the school's own executive MBA program, and raised $350 million, but Lyons will leave a physical reminder of his legacy in the $60 million Connie & Kevin Chou Hall.

Daily Californian
August 16, 2017
Highlighted by lively performances, Christ's first New Student Convocation welcomes 9,500
Dean Richard Lyons strummed a guitar and sang "Bare Necessities" during convocation as the incoming UC Berkeley students clapped along.

Financial Times
August 2, 2017
Your MBA application mastered
Whether writing or presenting a video, the best applicants show clarity and purpose, according to the article. About Yi So-yeon, MBA 2014, the first Korean to fly in space, Dean Rich Lyons says, "I don't even remember what score she got in the GMAT, I just knew she would add value."

Clear Admit
July 18, 2017
Real Humans of MBA Admissions: Haas Dean Rich Lyons
In this wide-ranging, personal interview, Dean Rich Lyons covers subjects from his biggest regret to his proudest moment to the future of the Haas admissions process.

Poets & Quants
July 14, 2017
MBA Deans Share the Hardest Class They Ever Took
Dean Rich Lyons said he is thankful that he was required to take a course that covered how the social and political landscape impacts business. "What I learned is that the class you would often first select out of in school is the stuff you probably most need (whether you know it or not)," he says.

Poets & Quants
June 29, 2017
Rich Lyons to Depart Haas Deanship
After 11 years leading the Haas School, Dean Rich Lyons will step down at the end of his 2nd term in June 2018. The guitar-strumming dean has led major changes and maintained the school's stellar reputation as a world-class player in business education.

Business Because
March 20, 2017
Business schools are rebooting for the digital age with artificial intelligence, big data courses
Business schools must innovate to thrive in the digital age or many may face going out of business, says Berkeley Haas Dean Rich Lyons.

Financial Times
January 29, 2017
Should business school scholarships be awarded on merit or need?
Berkeley Haas' highly competitive PhD program supports students like Paulo Manoel, who was granted a fellowship that covered tuition fees and a stipend for living expenses. Dean Rich Lyons notes that about 50 percent of the full-time MBA class receives scholarships as well.

November 21, 2016
Despite disruption for b-schools, Haas dean sees growing benefits of edtech
Dean Rich Lyons cautions that the disruptive effect of educational technology will pose a challenge that many US business schools must be prepared to face.

Financial Times
November 11, 2016
US business schools fear increased immigration controls
Berkeley Haas Dean Rich Lyons says the institutions with the strongest brands will continue to attract students under the new administration. "Schools that have the sharpest identity in terms of the values they stand for, and live for, are likely to get increasing attention," he says. "People are looking for compass points and meaning in a blurring world."

Financial Times
October 20, 2016
Changing course: a harder sell for MBAs
Dean Rich Lyons predicts that up to half of the 13,000 business schools worldwide will disappear in the next five to 10 years, either through mergers or closure. He says the schools in most danger are those that rely on students drawn from within a few miles of their campus. “Among the top schools, we are offering better value today than we were 10 years ago, so part of this is about redistributing students,” he said.

Chicago Tribune
August 9, 2016
MBA Programs Are Going Outside the Classroom. Here's Why.
Berkeley Haas made experiential learning a requirement for MBA students six years ago, says Dean Rich Lyons. Creating quality experiential learning is expensive, high-touch, and requires a lot of logistics, he says.

Poets & Quants for Undergrads
August 7, 2016
UC Berkeley Launches 'Navy Seal' Program for Future Tech Leaders
The new Management, Engineering, & Technology (M.E.T.) Program, which offers degrees in both engineering and business, will attract some of the world's most talented students. "Both our business and engineering undergraduate programs are world-class," says Haas Dean Rich Lyons. "So we think these undergrads will be able to literally go anywhere they want."

Poets & Quants
July 8, 2016
Listen to P&Q Live, Our New Weekly Podcast
In this audio interview, Dean Rich Lyons addresses the impact of the school's culture-driven strategy, centered on the four Defining Leadership Principles, and reveals the considered fifth principle that didn't pass muster.

Poets & Quants
June 22, 2016
Haas Full-Time MBA Applications Up 12%
Dean Rich Lyons cites multiple reasons for the application increase, including a rise in the rankings, the addition of the new North Academic Building, and the appeal of the Berkeley Haas culture. "While our culture-led approach--a mainstay of the school's strategy--has been in place for five years now, our four defining leadership principles and the culture they represent recently became the No. 1 positive influence factor among our admits for choosing Haas over the competition," he said.

Bloomberg Business
March 17, 2016
Silicon Valley May Want MBAs More Than Wall Street Does
Tech companies are hiring business school graduates in ever-increasing numbers. Forty-three percent of the Berkeley Haas Class of 2015 took jobs in tech. "Firms wouldn't keep coming back to hire our MBAs if it wasn't a valuable skill set," said Dean Rich Lyons.

January 21, 2016
5 secrets for getting into today's biggest-bucks business schools
Tips for getting in at Berkeley Haas include: take tough prerequisites, know your passions, and don't be greedy. "The admissions team wants to know if students “have a sense of stewardship to an issue that is larger than you and your career," says Dean Rich Lyons.

Beat the GMAT
January 6, 2015
Haas Dean breaks out guitar, channels Paul Simon to spur record fundraising
Dean Richard Lyons' video, in which he covers Paul Simon's "Graceland" as "Haasland," helped the school raise a record $700,000 during the Nov. 19 "Big Give" fundraising event.

Wall Street Journal
December 2, 2015
Stanford's Business School tells MBAs to wait on startups

Dean Rich Lyons comments in this article about how some business schools are discouraging MBA students from starting companies until after graduation.

Yale Daily News
Global Network Welcomes Second US Member
November 9, 2015
Dean Rich Lyons says that Yale and Berkeley Haas offer complimentary areas of expertise to the Global Network for Advanced Management (GNAM), an international partnership of 28 member schools worldwide. While Yale has a major presence on the East Coast, Haas's location near Silicon Valley gives it unique strength in startups and innovation, Lyons says.

Financial Times
November 5, 2015
Berkeley Haas Becomes 28th School in Yale's Global Network
Berkeley Haas was invited to be the 28th member of the Global Network for Advancement Management (GNAM). Founded at Yale School of Management, GNAM is a network of top business schools committed to educating global leaders. Dean Rich Lyons discusses the benefits of the network with the FT.

The Daily Californian
Oct. 16
Haas Business School Launches New Entrepreneurship Program Expanding Seed Funding to Student Startups
Berkeley Haas will strengthen entrepreneurship support for its students, including providing $100,000 in seed funding for Haas student startups this year, Dean Rich Lyons announced this week. This story was also covered in Clear Admit, MetroMBA, and Business Because.

Time Magazine
July 8, 2015
It’s Time to Catalyze Public Innovation Education for Government
The Haas School’s curriculum is praised in an article about the key elements needed for civic leaders and public employees resolve 21st century problems.

Financial Times
April 10, 2015
Haas dean confidently predicts demise of business schools
In this video and print interview, Dean Richard Lyons predicts that almost half of all business schools will close within the next five to 10 years, largely due to technology and alternative means of education.

Bloomberg Business
April 9, 2015
Harvard Business School Makes Nearly $200 Million a Year Selling Case Studies
Dean Richard Lyons was quoted in an article on Harvard Business School’s publishing arm and its industry in selling case studies to over 4,000 business schools for almost $200 million in yearly revenue.

The Economist
April 2, 2015
The digital decade dawns
Dean Richard Lyons was mentioned in an article regarding business schools’ gradual integration of digital tools, igniting what promises to be a drastic change in how education is taught and owned by faculty and students alike.

October 1, 2014
The MBA of the Future Needs a Different Toolbox
The article leads with Dean Rich Lyons’s prediction that in the next 5-10 years, 50% of business schools could be put out of business by the online delivery of business programs.

September 10, 2014
The unbundled MBA: How you’ll earn the degree in 25 years
Haas School Dean Richard Lyons’ prediction on the future of business schools as a result of online educational technologies featured in this article.

Silicon Valley Product Management Association
When Culture is Their Product
Dean Lyons addressed the Silicon Valley Product Management Association in June, sharing with association members how Haas went about articulating its Defining Leadership Principles and mapping them into actionable behaviors to make them real. Participant Helene Eichler reviewed the event in this blog post.

Inside Higher Ed
Defining Leadership Principles
The Haas Defining Leadership Principles "provide a great example of a school looking inward to define its unique fingerprint and using this knowledge to chart its future success," writes Margaret Andrews, associate dean of management programs at Harvard's Division of Continuing Education in a post for StratEDgy, an Inside Higher Ed blog.

Financial Times
Business School Profile: The Haas School at UC Berkeley
Dean Lyons discusses a school Students Always initiative that encourages MBA alumni pursuit of executive education.

Poets & Quants
How Spaghetti & Marshmallows are Being Used to Teach Creative Problem Framing at Haas
Developing a capacity to be explicit about typically implicit assumptions is an important element of the school's Problem Finding, Problem Solving class, says Dean Lyons in a Nov. 23 article about this Haas course.

Wall Street Journal
At Berkeley's Haas, Risk-Taking Trumps 'No Stumbles'
In this September 5 article, Dean Lyons discusses MBA funding models and how Berkeley Haas culture sets the school apart.

Huffington Post
In Search of Humility
June 7, 2012
In this June 7 post, Judith Samuelson, executive director, Aspen Institute's Business and Society Program, cites Dean Lyons 2010 MBA commencement comments and the School's Confidence Without Attitude principle as one of the only example she found in a search for "humilty" in commencement addresses.

AACSB International's ENewsline
Diversity in Groups Can Improve Innovation and Performance
June 2012
Dean Lyons discusses how "Diversity is less about how you look and more about how you think" in a video interview accompanying a story on the positive effect of diversity on group outcomes with regard to innovation and performance.

The Wall Street Journal
B-Schools' Innovation Rush
May 22, 2012
In this article on teaching innovation at business schools, Dean Lyons shares the Haas School's focus on creating managers who can foster innovation or oversee innovative organizations, not just come up with innovative ideas.

The Economist
Dean Lyons Performs
April 13, 2012
Dean Lyons closes out The Economist's Ideas Economy: Innovation 2012 event at Berkeley Haas, with an innovation ode set to Bob Dylan's Don't Think Twice It's All Right.

Management Innovation eXchange (MIX)
Finding the Future Within
April 2012
Dean Lyons on the need for organizations to be explicit about competency models and to identify and demonstrate the value that the younger workforce can bring. (2:57 video)

Financial Times
Knowhow Needed for Real World Problems
March 19, 2012
In line with the Berkeley Haas aim of developing path-bending leaders, the FT asks "Who better to tap for solutions to the developing world’s problems?" and answers: MBA students at the world's top business schools. The article cites as an example, the work of a student team from the International Business Development course that partnered with Comaco in Zambia on their mission to reduce poaching of protected wildlife and linked to the team's project video.

Financial Times
Degrees of Change
January 30, 2012
Dean Lyons was among the deans quoted in an article published with the Financial Times' global MBA rankings. He commented on business schools taking more of a stand on defining themselves. The Full-time Berkeley MBA Program jumped 11 spots to #14 in the world in this year’s ranking and to #7 among U.S. schools, up from #13 in 2011.

Fast Company
What Happened When UC Berkeley's B-School Cherry Picked Students Who Personify Its Values
In a blog post by David Aaker, Dean Lyons discusses the effect had by making Berkeley Haas defining leadership principles and culture a factor in MBA admissions.

Poets & Quants
An Interview With Rich Lyons, Dean of the Haas School of Business
November 26, 2011
Poets & Quants excerpts Dean Lyons' interview from "Passion and Purpose," a book in which recent Harvard Business School MBAs share stories about becoming leaders—and established luminaries in business, academia, and the public sector, share broader perspective.

November 7, 2011
Tweeted responses to the Dean's keynote address on authentic branding, given at the 2011 Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education in Chicago.

Wall Street Journal
Master of 'Biz' Returns to School
September 1, 2011
Twitter Co-founder Biz Stone discusses his ongoing relationship with Berkeley Haas and his new role with the school as Executive Fellow.

Delta Sky
Ask the Experts
September 2011
Rich Lyons is one of five b-school deans to field the question, "What trends are emerging in business education?" His answer: Take a stand on the type of leader you produce.

Wall Street Journal
B-Schools Give Firms Say Amid Tough Jobs Market
January 6, 2011
Dean Lyons is interviewed in this article on how b-schools are partnering with recruiters to ensure that students are prepared to meet real-world challenges.

Dean’s Digest
The Alsop Perspective: Defining a School’s Culture Is a Smart Strategic Move
October 2010
An Interview with Dean Lyons on Haas School culture.

National Public Radio
On Point
October 13, 2010
Dean Rich Lyons and other top b-school deans discuss the economy and the role of business schools.

San Francisco Chronicle
Recession lesson: Confidence without arrogance
September 12, 2010
An interview with Dean Lyons on teachable moments offered by the financial crisis.

Poets & Quants
The Four Guiding Principles of Berkeley’s Haas School of Business (Video)
September 2010
Dean Lyons describes the school’s guiding principles of Question the Status Quo, Confidence without Attitude; Students Always, and Beyond Yourself.

Wall Street Journal
Educating Tomorrow's Ethical Leaders (Video)
August 20, 2010
Dean Lyons on how Berkeley Haas builds its culture, including through its MBA admissions selection process.

Times of India
Putting some soul into management
July 31, 2010
Dean Lyons is quoted in this story about business schools reflecting on their future course.

Financial Times
Before the curtain falls, three final words (registration required)
July 12, 2010
Dean Lyons and the revamped Berkeley Haas MBA curriculum are mentioned in Stefan Stern’s final column, which considers management challenges of the future.

Financial Times
California dreamin’
June 21, 2010
Dean Lyons on the Haas focus on path-bending leaders and its efforts to attract a different population to the school.

Dean’s Digest
Five Questions for…Cal Berkeley Haas Dean Richard Lyons
June 2010
Dean Lyons discusses how Haas has responded to the challenges faced by business schools today in a Q & A with this Graduate Management Admission Council publication/website.

Changing Course: Berkeley is the latest business school to shake up its MBA courses (registration required)
May 25, 2010
This article quotes Dean Lyons on what sets Berkeley Haas apart and notes how the revamped curriculum teaches conventional subjects in new ways.

San Francisco Business Times
U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School unveils plan to revamp its curriculum
May 10, 2010
Dean Lyons is quoted on fundamental unsustainablilities in this article that announces Berkeley Haas curriculum changes.