IGS Publishes History of Haas School

Haas Business School at Berkeley
January 15, 2016

The newest publication from the IGS publishing imprint, the Berkeley Public Policy Press, chronicles the rise of Cal’s Haas School of Business from a “College of Commerce” to its current status as one of the best business schools in the country.

Business at Berkeley: The History of the Haas School of Business, by Sandra Epstein, tells the story of the Haas School through extensive documentary research and dozens of interviews with key players.

“From its beginnings at the end of the nineteenth century to the current day, the Berkeley program never offered a typical education,” Epstein writes in the book’s preface. “It developed its strengths from melding its professional orientation with the broad academic offerings of the campus.”

Epstein, who previously wrote a history of the Berkeley School of Law, has a long affiliation with the University, having served as a research associate at the Center for Research and Development in Higher Education and as an administrative analyst in the UC Office of the President. She also served as Chief Operating Officer of the Jewish Home in San Francisco, a skilled nursing facility.

“I set about to uncover the essence of the School and to place it in its larger environment," Epstein wrote. After working on the book for eight years, she concluded that Haas “has always embodied the uniqueness of Berkeley.”

Rich Lyons, the current dean of Haas, wrote a brief introduction at the beginning of the volume.

“From its humble beginnings as the country’s second oldest business school, founded to enrich trade and cultural exchange in the Pacific Rim,” Lyons wrote, “the Haas School blossoms in this intimately researched and recounted narrative.”

The book is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats.