Haas Dean Rich Lyons wins Berkeley Citation

Berkeley Haas Dean Rich Lyons and Chancellor Carol Christ

Berkeley Haas Dean Rich Lyons was awarded the Berkeley Citation, among the highest honors the campus bestows on its community, in a surprise announcement at the Alumni Reunion Conference.

Rich Lyons believed business schools had both the responsibility and opportunity to instill a set of core values and a sense of purpose. The first step to realizing their mission was to create a new kind of business school culture,” said Chancellor Carol Christ, who was herself honored with the Berkeley Citation in 2002.


The dean was visibly moved by the honor, as 600+ alumni gave a standing ovation.

Haas colleagues nominated the dean with letters that paid homage to his authentic style as “a servant, leader, and a role model.” The letters cited his caring support for his direct team, active engagement with students and his rock-star musical talents.

Later in the gathering, Lyons treated the audience to an acoustic guitar and vocal version of a favorite song, Green Day’s “Time of Your Life.”

Read more on the Berkeley Haas website