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Haaga Invests Himself in Mission to Lead Law School
From ‘Great to Greater’

BY LARRY TEITELBAUM
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“I’m delighted to be part of (Penn Law’s) journey from great to even greater,” says Haaga, a lead contributor to the Robert H. Mundheim Professorship. “Fixing things is never fun. Making things even better (is fun).”

For Haaga, service is a way of life, instilled in him by the Jesuits who ran the Georgetown Preparatory School, where he attended high school. The motto at the all-male school: “Men for others.” Forty years later, Haaga continues to live by that credo. He’s president of the Board of Trustees of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and has served on numerous other boards including Georgetown Preparatory School, the Salzburg Seminar, the Huntingdon Library, Museum and Gardens, and, since 1999, the Penn Law Board of Overseers.

Serving on a board, he says, makes him a more effective administrator at Capital. “As a board member, I’ve watched closely how other leaders — be they headmasters, deans, or executive directors of nonprofits — approach challenges, so I am, in effect, going to leadership school all the time with five or six classes going on all at once.”
 
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