Dean of the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley is the 13th dean to receive this honor

BERKELEY, CA, October 10, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ — Poets&Quants the definitive online publication for business education news, has named Ann Harrison from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Dean of the Year.

The 64-year-old economist is the 13th dean to earn this honor, joining a stellar cast of academic talent over the years that has included the leaders of Harvard Business School, Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Yale School of Management, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, the University of Illinois’ Gies College of Business, and the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, and IE Business School in Spain

Under her leadership, Haas boasts four years of record fundraising, bringing in $227 million, including a $30 million gift from alumnus Warren “Ned” Spieker to transform the school’s undergraduate business program. All told, fundraising commitments have soared by 50%. She has boosted the size of Haas faculty by 30% to nearly 100 tenure and tenure-track professors, hiring more teaching and research talent in entrepreneurship, sustainability, diversity, and inclusion. Some 70% of the newly hired faculty are women.

“For her change agenda and her decisive leadership, Poets&Quants has named Harrison the Dean of the Year for 2023,” said John A. Byrne, editor-in-chief of Poets&Quants, “Harrison helped to create a more inclusive school, representative of the state’s population, doubled student scholarships, and quadrupled the percentage of underrepresented minorities in its MBA program. Her drive and vision have made sure that a rising tide will never overtake the island on which Haas firmly stands.”

Harrison earned her Ph.D. from Princeton in 1991 and remained at the World Bank until 1994. She joined Columbia as an assistant professor of finance and economics in 1994, gained a promotion to associate professor four years later in 1998, and returned to Berkeley as a full professor of agricultural and resource economics in 2001. Harrison assumed leadership at Haas in January of 2019.

“Haas is a really special place,” said Harrison. “The focus on culture and the school’s position within the greater university is special.”

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