Dean’s Undergraduate Reception


On Wednesday, September 16th, 2015, the Haas School of Business hosted the semesterly Dean’s Undergraduate Reception. Students, faculty, and staff gathered to mingle and celebrate the start of the new semester. The event was nothing but spectacular, filled with valuable information and personal insights from Dean Rich Lyons. During the reception Dean Rich Lyons was put in the “hot seat”, which allowed students to get their burning questions answered. Here is some of what Dean Rich Lyons had to say:

IMG_2931If you could go back to senior year at Haas, what would be on your bucket list?

As many of us are encouraged to do, Dean Lyons wished he connected and took advantage of the other departments much more to really soak in and make the most of the different classes offered here at Berkeley. For him, this meant learning more about engineering. He also advised us seniors to not forget that it is never too late to take advantages of the classes a top school like Berkeley has to offer.

Can you provide a piece of advice for transfers or incoming business students for the short 2 years here?

The business school experience both at the undergraduate and graduate level consists of three parts for success. There is the “knowing part,” which is about knowledge and learning. This is the things and information you have to know, understand, and deliver as a student. Then there is the “doing part” of the program, which is the movement toward experiential learning. This is knowing how to do in a coached, guided way. Lastly, and perhaps the most important is the “being” or character building part. This is the part that changes you, the part where you come out a different person on the other side. It is about the shift or transformation in how we perceive our identity and ourselves. This is where we shift form “other people do that” to “I do that.”

What makes Haas THE best?

It’s no surprise that there are many extraordinaryIMG_2930 business schools out there. However, Haas is different, because it is one is the most “owned” of universities. We are the only public university business school. Berkeley is a social mobility institution. What does this mean? Berkeley has more disadvantaged, low-income student than Stanford has students. It shows the scale of the good that Berkeley is doing for society. But there are 3 things that make Haas its own “owned category”: place, people, and culture. Location is near the San Francisco & Silicon Valley, which is the envy of the world. Second, is the outstanding people that make our culture. Our culture and shared values are very unique here at Haas. The 4 Defining Principles make us who we are and different from any other business school.

Which of the 4 Defining Principles do you associate yourself with the most?

I think back to my parents. All parents have values they want to instill in you. So looking back, I see my parents in all four principles but one jumps out. Confidence Without Attitude. I can still hear my father talking about phony people; inauthentic, phony people. This notion of confidence is yours for the making.

Lastly, where do you get the nice flow with your hair?

We had to ask! Can you picture Dean Lyons with an afro? Well, back in the day, our very own dean used to rock the afro. Today, he keeps his hair short, because it is simply easiest for him. So how does the Dean Lyons keep his hair so nice? Well, he shared that 4 out of 5 of his last haircuts were at Supercuts. Comes to show, you don’t need a fancy salon to rock the hair!

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