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Stanford Prof. Tom Campbell Named New Haas Dean


Berkeley - University of California, Berkeley Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl announced today (Wednesday, May 8) that he is recommending to the UC Board of Regents the appointment of Stanford Law School professor and former congressman Thomas J. Campbell as dean of the Haas School of Business.


Campbell, 49, is to fill the vacancy left by Laura D’Andrea Tyson, who earlier this year became dean of the London Business School. UC Berkeley’s Haas School is the second oldest business school in the United States and provides top-ranked business and management programs.


“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 PhD 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. He was elected five times to represent the Silicon Valley area of California in Congress. Among his legislative achievements were 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. During a 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. 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," said Campbell.


Stanford Law School Dean Kathleen M. Sullivan said today, “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 PhD in economics there in 1980. His dissertation was the first quantitative measurement of discrimination against women in federal civil service employment.


He served as a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White from 1977 to 1978 and, the year before that, for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge George E. MacKinnon. 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 U.S. Deputy Attorney General and became the youngest person ever to be appointed director of the Bureau of Competition in the Federal Trade Commission, where he served from 1981 to 1983, when he joined the faculty of Stanford Law School.


He is married to Susanne Campbell, who works at the UC Berkeley-based Institute of Management, Innovation,& Organization. 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 was 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. 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," said Silicon Valley businessman Arun Sarin, who served on the dean's search committee and is a 1978 graduate of the Haas School’s MBA program.


“Tom is a fantastic motivator. He has the passion, leadership skills, energy and the ability to do what will be necessary to take this school to the top. It's a perfect match," said Sarin, CEO of KKR Telecom in San Francisco.