Business professor Laura Tyson named as interim dean of Haas School of Business

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Laura Tyson has been named the interim dean of the Haas School of Business, in the wake of previous dean Richard Lyons’ return to teaching.

Tyson has had a long-established career both at Haas and in other areas of academia, including a term as dean of Haas from 1998 to 2001, and has worked in various different positions related to the world economy over the years. According to a Haas press release, the chancellor’s office hopes to have a permanent dean selected by the fall.

“She was absolutely everyone’s first choice,” said Jay Stowsky, senior assistant dean for instruction at the business school.

Tyson originally joined the Haas School of Business’ faculty in 1990 as a professor. Now, Tyson is a distinguished professor at the business school and serves as the faculty director of the Haas Institute for Business & Social Impact, which she helped launch in 2013, according to the press release.

Outside of UC Berkeley, Tyson served as the chair of former president Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1993 to 1995 and directed the White House National Economic Council from 1995 to 1996. Tyson is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Furthermore, Tyson co-founded Work and Intelligent Tools and Systems, or WITS, which explores artificial intelligence, digital learning and their impact on the world.

“We are so fortunate that somebody as able and uniquely qualified for this role as Professor Tyson is willing to step in and help the school during this leadership transition,” said Chancellor Carol Christ in the Haas press release. “When Laura was dean of Berkeley Haas, she initiated many important programs that laid the foundation for the school’s financial and reputational strengths today. Haas couldn’t be in better hands.”

Tyson also won UC Berkeley’s highest teaching honor, the Distinguished Teaching Award, in 1982, according to Haas Associate Director of Faculty Research Promotion Laura Counts. She has also been a member of Haas’ elite “Club 6,” which recognizes instructors who receive a median score of six or higher out of seven on teaching evaluations, Counts said in an email.

Tyson’s work ethic as a leader at UC Berkeley has also been praised. Stowsky said Tyson is a “consensus leader” in that she tries to gather as many facts and as many experts on a topic before she makes certain decisions. Along with that, Stowsky said Tyson aims to maintain the high rankings of Haas’ Master of Business Administration program.

“She has a lot of personal and professional investment in the school,” Stowsky said. “(Haas is) the best (it’s) ever been. … She wants to be the person representing the school in campuswide discussions about budget and other big decisions.”

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