Former UCLA Administrator Leads Berkeley-Columbia Program

Katherine Lilygren, an experienced higher education administrator with extensive private sector experience, has been appointed executive director of the Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA Program by Dean Rich Lyons. She started her new job on May 1.

Lilygren was selected unanimously from a pool of 135 applicants by a search committee comprised of students, alumni, faculty, and senior Haas School leadership.

Lilygren comes to Haas after recently working as director of admissions and associate director of the Executive MBA Program at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. In that position, she ran admissions, managed all aspects of student affairs, handled internal operating and budget issues, coordinated with faculty on curriculum, and took responsibility for web content for both internal and external websites and alumni e-newsletters.

Lilygren has a wide-ranging background in corporate finance and banking. Her private sector experience includes stints as chief financial officer, treasurer, and vice president at a series of top banks and financial services companies, including Bank of America, Union Bank, Unihealth, and Long Term Care Group.

Lilygren earned her own MBA from UCLA and her undergraduate business degree from USC.