Transforming the Berkeley-Haas campus
The school’s inviting, flexible outdoor space allows the Berkeley-Haas community to share ideas and build connections that lead to redefining how business is done.
Like the inviting courtyard that bears his name, Robert G. O’Donnell ’65, M.B.A. ’66 excels at uniting people and building community.
As the former vice chair and chair of the UC Berkeley Foundation, O’Donnell strengthened ties between Foundation trustees and academic leaders over their shared vision for sustaining Berkeley’s excellence. More recently, O’Donnell and his wife, Sue, supported the creation of a popular outdoor gathering spot at the Haas School of Business. Combining form and function, the new O’Donnell Courtyard is a place for socializing, exchanging ideas, and hosting career fairs and other networking events.
A first-generation college student, O’Donnell is passionate about public education and the life-changing opportunities that Berkeley provides. “It broadened my horizons and made me a more complete person,” says O’Donnell, who graduated Phi Beta Kappa and went on to become a senior vice president and director of Capital Research and Management Company.
Now retired, O’Donnell is one of Berkeley’s most dedicated philanthropists and volunteer leaders. A pro bono lecturer in finance, he was recognized as Berkeley-Haas’s 2011 Business Leader of the Year.