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Laura Tyson Named Dean of Haas School of Business

posted June 10, 1998

Laura D’Andrea Tyson, former chief economic advisor to President Bill Clinton, has been named dean of the Haas School of Business. Tyson will be the only woman serving as dean of a major business school in the United States.

She will succeed William A. Hasler June 30, who returned to private industry after seven years as dean.

“Professor Tyson’s record of achievement is exceptional,” said Chancellor Berdahl when he announced her appointment. “She has always been a valued and dedicated member of the university community, and it is enormously gratifying to have her as dean of our business school.”

An economist interested in “real world” economic problems, Tyson said she is excited by the opportunity to help shape the education of future business leaders.

“As dean,” she said, “I will work to strengthen the Haas School’s involvement and leadership in the development of business education most suited to the new challenges posed by increasing globalization and technological change.”

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Carol Christ praised Tyson’s appointment, saying that Tyson is “a nationally recognized scholar in international business and in technology policy,

key themes in the future of the Haas School of Business.”

Tyson joined Berkeley’s faculty in 1977 and currently holds the Class of 1939 Chair in Economics and Business Administration.

She took leave from Berkeley in 1993 when President Clinton appointed her chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisors. In 1995, Tyson succeeded Robert Rubin as National Economic Advisor, becoming the highest-ranking woman in the Clinton White House. She returned to Berkeley in 1997.

Before her appointments in Washington, Tyson served as research director of the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy (BRIE) and as director of the Institute of International Studies.

Tyson received her BA in economics from Smith College and her PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was an assistant professor of economics at Princeton University from 1974 to 1977.

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