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Laura Tyson Named Interim Dean At Haas

07.05.18

Will temporarily succeed Dean Rich Lyons on July 1

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JUNE 28, 2018 | Unable to seal the deal with one of three finalists for the deanship of Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley today (June 28) turned to a familiar face to hold down the job on an interim basis. Laura D’Andrea Tyson, a Haas economist who had been dean of the school from 1998 to 2001, will temporarily succeed Dean Rich Lyons on July 1.

It has been nearly two months since the school confirmed that its search for a new dean came down to three candidates: two female professors from the Wharton School and a male professor from the Harvard Business School. Katherine Klein, vice dean for Wharton’s social impact initiative and a professor of management, and Ann E. Harrison, another Wharton management professor who had earlier taught at UC-Berkeley, are in the final consideration stage for the job, sources told Poets&Quants. The third finalist is Mihir A. Desai, a professor of finance at Harvard Business School who is also a professor of law at Harvard Law School (see Two Wharton Profs Among Finalists For Haas Deanship).

Exactly one year ago on this same date, Dean Lyons announced his intention to leave the deanship, giving the university and the school a full year to find his successor. The university hired a search firm–headhunter David Bellshaw of Isaacson, Miller–to help with the process and zeroed in on three final candidates in early April. There was every expectation that the university would have named its new dean by now in time for Lyon’s last day in office.

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