Haas School of Business

Letter from
Interim Dean Laura Tyson

Dear Alumni and Supporters,

As these pages illustrate, Berkeley Haas has much to be grateful for. In FY18, all of our academic programs ranked in the top ten. Total philanthropic giving reached $40 million—exceeding our $30 million goal—and we saw record years for the Haas Fund, the Big Give, alumni leadership-level gifts (those over $1,500), and class gift campaigns.

A multimillion dollar, five-year grant funded by Ripple will support faculty and student research and activities on blockchain, cryptocurrency, and payment systems (p. 8). A new Center on Equity, Gender, and Leadership has been launched with generous funding from alumni, companies, and friends of Haas. The endowed Trione Student Venture Fund ensures grants to early stage Haas startups. And the Dean Lyons Faculty Leadership Fund will help recruit, retain, and develop a new generation of early and mid-career faculty leaders.

None of these successes would have been possible without the leadership of Rich Lyons, BS 82, whom we celebrated throughout the year—his final one as dean of Berkeley Haas. Rich is a beloved member of our community, and even though he’ll no longer sit in the dean’s suite, his legacy at our school will continue.

As we look to the year ahead, I’m pleased to welcome Dean-designate Ann E. Harrison, BA 82 (economics and history), who will begin her tenure in January 2019. She has been meeting with members of the community as she starts to craft her vision for Haas. One thing is certain, we will work to strengthen the sense of belonging and inclusion at Haas among students, faculty, and staff from underrepresented communities, while equipping all students to lead in a diverse and inclusive world.

Together we help Berkeley Haas thrive. Thank you for your support.


Laura D'Andrea Tyson

Interim Dean, Berkeley Haas