Former Intel CEO Craig Barrett Takes Up Teaching Post at Thunderbird

Posted by: Alison Damast on August 31, 2009

First, former Intel CEO Andrew Grove took up a post as a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Now, another Intel CEO will be following in his footsteps and heading to academia. Craig Barrett, the recently retired chairman of the board and former CEO, will be joining the faculty at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, according to a school press release issued today. Though Barrett won’t have a full-time presence at Thunderbird in the near term because of obligations at Intel, the school plans to use him in the meantime as a guest lecturer in existing courses and on projects with students, says Dale Davison, Thunderbird’s dean of faculty.

“He’s still a leader in his industry and is still doing work at Intel. But we’re excited about the possibility of working with him. Our students will have exposure to somebody who not only was there, but who led one of the most innovative organizations in the world.”

The school plans to use Barrett in a wide variety of roles. He’s already expressed interest in teaching business ethics and corporate social responsibility. The school is also hoping that he can guest lecture in courses such as Latin American Regional Business Environment, where Thunderbird Professor Roy Nelson teaches a case study on Intel’s site selection process in Costa Rica.

“The thought that you might have Craig Barrett come in and teach that case is almost overpowering,” says Davison

Barrett is no stranger to academia; he served for a decade as a faculty member at Stanford University. He’s also had a strong presence on the education scene in recent years, involved in projects such as the International Science and Engineering Fair for high school students and international networks of more than 120 computer clubhouses for underprivileged youth.

In recent years, he and his wife, Barbara, have been active at Thunderbird, serving as Thunderbird commencement speakers, guest lecturers and helping to raise money for the school. The couple volunteered last year to lead Campaign Thunderbird, a $65 million capital campaign to raise funds for scholarships, professorships and research, among other things. They’ve helped raise some of the money already, making a $5 million commitment to the campaign for scholarships, $300,000 of which is funding students this fall, the school says.

Barrett first joined Intel 35 years ago, eventually working his way up to become its CEO in 1998, a position he held for seven years. He served as the company’s chairman for three years, retiring in May.

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