Retired Intel Chairman of the Board Craig Barrett joins Thunderbird faculty

August 31, 2009

Recently retired Intel CEO and Chairman of the Board, Craig Barrett, Ph.D., has joined the faculty at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Ariz.

“Craig Barrett represents Thunderbird’s core values,” said Thunderbird President Ángel Cabrera, Ph.D. “He is a global citizen, international business leader and diplomat who strives to make the world a better place through business and education.”

The school is looking at opportunities for Barrett to guest lecture in existing courses and work with students in other ways. Trailing obligations at Intel will prevent him from having a full-time presence at Thunderbird in the near term.

“He’s still a leader in his industry and is still doing work at Intel,” said Thunderbird Dean of Faculty Dale Davison, Ph.D. “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.”

Barrett, who has expressed interest in teaching business ethics and corporate social responsibility, will be a welcomed asset to the school, according to Provost Robert Widing. “We are very excited about the contributions Dr. Barrett will make in helping Thunderbird develop outstanding global citizens, both inside and outside of the classroom.”

He also could guest lecture in courses such as Latin American Regional Business Environment, where Thunderbird Professor Roy Nelson, Ph.D., 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,” Davison said.

Barrett joined Intel in 1974 and helped the company emerge as an electronics industry leader. He rose through the engineering ranks to become Intel’s fourth president in 1997, chief executive officer in 1998 and chairman of the board in 2005.

He is a leading advocate for education around the world and has been a key motivator behind Intel’s commitment to the annual International Science and Engineering Fair, which draws high school students from more than 50 countries. The company also created an international network of more than 120 computer clubhouses for underprivileged youth.

As former chairman of the United Nations Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development, Barrett has promoted the use of technology to raise international education, social and economic standards. As former chairman of the National Academy of Engineering, he has promoted technological advancement and the engineering profession.

Barrett and his wife, Barbara, also have a deep affection for Thunderbird and strong ties with the school. The couple volunteered in 2008 to lead Campaign Thunderbird, a $65 million capital campaign to raise funds for scholarships, professorships, curricular innovation and research. The couple has made their own personal $5 million commitment to the campaign, which they earmarked for scholarships. More than $300,000 of their gift is funding students starting this fall. Both Barretts have been Thunderbird commencement speakers, winterim lecturers and guest classroom presenters.

“We are fortunate to have the Barretts as friends of Thunderbird and supporters of our mission to educate global leaders who create sustainable prosperity worldwide,” Davison said.

Craig Barrett holds a bachelors, masters and doctorate in materials science from Stanford University, where he was on the faculty for 10 years.