Lyons holds the S.K. and Angela Chan Chair in Global Management at Haas and served as Acting Dean from 2004-2005. Prior to his current appointment he was Chief Learning Officer at Goldman Sachs New York where he directed the Pine Street group and was responsible for developing leadership among the firm’s managing directors and partners.
As the new dean, he will continue this focus on leadership. Lyons used a sports analogy to describe his vision of where he wants to take Haas. “I learned that you can’t overestimate the importance of great people in building great firms. And that’s the business we’re in here at Haas. I’m also fortunate to have experienced where the leadership ‘puck’ is going. Haas, with its broad-based strengths, is in an excellent position to skate toward it.”
The announcement also says that as dean, Lyons will oversee “the Haas School’s efforts to expand its faculty to its largest size ever, enhance student services, continue curriculum improvements, build the endowment, and plan for a new building.”
Lyons made his name in international finance and foreign exchange, perhaps best known for his 2001 book, The Microstructure Approach to Exchange Rates. His teaching credentials are evidenced by his being a six-time recipient of the Haas School’s Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching by students in the Full-time MBA, Evening & Weekend MBA, and Master’s in Financial Engineering programs. He also received UC Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the school’s highest teaching honor, in 1998.