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Lyons named UC-Berkeley’s new chancellor

Main campus at the University of California-Berkeley
Kent Kanouse
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Main campus at the University of California-Berkeley

Richard Lyons, former dean of University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business and associate vice chancellor for innovation & entrepreneurship, was selected as the new chancellor of UC Berkeley.

His role begins July 1, 2024, when current Chancellor Carol Christ steps down.

The UC Board of Regents unanimously voted for the appointment Wednesday during a special meeting at UCLA. They approved his annual salary of about $946,000 – which is equivalent to current chancellor Christ's salary plus $220,000 in additional – private funds.

Lyons, a professor of economics and finance, served as dean of the Haas School of Business from 2008 to 2018. He oversaw the development of a new academic building funded entirely by alumni and friends and secured eight of the 10 largest gifts in the school's history.

In their congratulatory remarks, several regents emphasized Lyons ability to build economic support for the institution moving forward.

Lyons' research and teaching is mostly focused on international finance, though his more recent work emphasizes the importance of culture, equity, and belonging in shaping organizations.

Last year, he was appointed by UC Berkeley president Michael Drake to chair the new President's Council for Entrepreneurship, partly due to his work to develop innovation on campus, including in the areas of patenting and technology licensing.

Sunni M. Khalid is a veteran of more than 40 years in journalism, having worked in print, radio, television, and web journalism.