Former congressman and Stanford law professor Tom Campbell will take the reins as the Haas School's thirteenth dean, UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl announced on May 8. Campbell will start on August 19 in time for the new school year.
Campbell, 49, will fill the vacancy left by Laura D'Andrea Tyson, who left Haas in December to become dean of the London Business School. Professor Benjamin E. Hermalin, who has been serving as interim dean since January, will stay on until Campbell's arrival.
"Tom Campbell fits the Haas School's mission perfectly, in the breadth of his experience and in his perspective. He is a legal scholar who holds a Ph.D. in economics, is extraordinarily knowledgeable about business issues, is dedicated to public service and is an educator of considerable achievement," said Berdahl.
Campbell has been a law professor at Stanford University since 1983. His main areas of research and teaching include antitrust, public policy, international law, and international business.
An icon in local politics, he was elected five times to represent the Silicon Valley area of California in the US House of Representatives, serving from 1989 to 1993 and again from 1995 to 2001. During these periods he was appointed to the Judiciary, Banking and Financial Institutions, Joint Economic, Small Business, Science and Technology, and the International Relations Committees. Among his legislative achievements were his authorship of the 1998 Food Bank Relief Act and the 2000 Peace Corps Reauthorization Act.
Campbell also was elected as a California state senator in 1993 and served on the Senate's Judiciary, Criminal Justice, Education, Budget, Revenue and Taxation, and Housing Committees. During his two-year term, he earned ratings by the Sacramento-based California Journal as the most ethical state senator, the best overall senator, and the state senate's best problem-solver.
"The chance to be dean at such a prestigious business school is a tremendous honor and opportunity," said Campbell. "That it is at a public university enables me to combine both public service and education: the two career paths my life has followed. My wife already is in the Berkeley family, so this makes it unanimous."
Stanford Law School Dean Kathleen M. Sullivan said, "Tom Campbell is a brilliant choice to lead the Haas School of Business. He will bring to the job a rare combination of keen intellect, great energy, broad policy experience, and impeccable integrity and fairness. We will miss him greatly as a colleague at Stanford Law School, but Stanford's loss is Berkeley's great gain."
A native of Chicago, Campbell earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in economics at the University of Chicago, and a law degree from Harvard in 1976. He returned to the University of Chicago, earning a Ph.D. in economics there in 1980. His dissertation was the first quantitative measurement of discrimination against women in federal civil service employment.
Campbell started his legal career as a clerk to US Court of Appeals Judge George E. MacKinnon in 1976-77, and to US Supreme Court Justice Byron White from 1977 to 1978. He practiced law at Winston & Strawn in Chicago until 1980, when he became a White House fellow in the Office of the Chief of Staff. He then served as executive assistant to the US Deputy Attorney General and became the youngest person ever to be appointed director of the Bureau of Competition in the Federal Trade Commission. He served there from 1981 to 1983, when he joined the faculty of Stanford Law School. During his years in office, he continued on the Stanford faculty, teaching at least one course every year.
He is married to Susanne Campbell, who works at the UC Berkeley-based Institute of Management, Innovation, & Organization, which is housed at the Haas School of Business. As executive director of the UC Berkeley-St. Petersburg University School of Management Program, she has served as the liaison between the management institute and St. Petersburg University since 1993. UC Berkeley and Haas faculty were instrumental in helping to launch St. Petersburg's School of Management in 1993.
As dean of the Haas School, Tom Campbell will be leading a school that annually enrolls more than 1,600 students in its undergraduate and graduate academic programs, as well as hundreds of senior managers in a series of non-degree executive development programs. The school has approximately 30,000 alumni worldwide. Its programs benefit significantly from UC Berkeley's practice of interdisciplinary research and teaching and the school's strong connections to Silicon Valley.
"Tom Campbell is a world-class leader, intellectually curious, a fantastic fundraiser and an outstanding communicator," said Arun Sarin, MBA 78, and CEO of KKR Telecom in San Francisco, who served on the dean's search committee. "With his business, legal and political experience, representing the people of California and of Silicon Valley, in particular, he brings something unique to the business school."
Tom Campbell Facts
- Stanford Law School Professor (since 1983)
- Principal Subjects: antitrust, economic analysis of legal issues, international law
- Five-term US Representative for Silicon Valley
- Former California State Senator
- JD, Harvard Law School
- Ph.D. in economics, University of Chicago
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