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Commencement 2009


Claude Ganz
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Claude GanzClaude Ganz was the Special Representative of the President of the United States to oversee the Economic Reconstruction of Bosnia. His mandate was to stimulate the development of an enduring market driven economy so as to forestall a return to violence in the Balkan region.

He is a businessman best known for his entrepreneurial and strategic planning consulting activities. He has a reputation for a high level of expertise and skills in business start-ups, negotiations, and management of multi-national operations.

Mr. Ganz received the President Kennedy award for Export Expansion in 1962 and was decorated with the King Gustav Medal for his contributions to the Swedish economy in 1999.

He currently acts as a private investor and mentor to startup companies. He is also engaged in numerous community service projects. Among these, he helped to found the Jewish Studies Program at Sonoma State University.

Mr. Ganz, age 77, emigrated to the United States from Europe. After fleeing Germany during the Hitler regime, he went to France where he was placed in a deportation camp from which he and his family escaped to Switzerland in 1942. After 4 years of Swiss internment as a refugee he came to California in 1947.

He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management in 1956 after serving in the United States Army Intelligence Service from 1951 to 1954. He and his wife Lynn reside in Glen Ellen, California. They are the parents of four grown children.

Mr. Ganz’ broad history of community service includes serving on the Boards of the San Francisco State University Business School, the Stanford Center for Jewish Studies, Public Broadcasting Station KQED, the American Conservatory Theatre, the San Francisco Art Institute, the Jewish Home for the Aged, the San Francisco Film Festival, the Jerusalem Foundation, ad AIPAC. He was also President of the SF Jewish Museum. He currently serves as Chairman of the Jewish Studies Network.