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Graziadio Business School Dean Search

Pepperdine University is seeking a new dean for the Graziadio Business School to succeed Deryck J. van Rensburg who will conclude his appointment as the school's dean at the end of the spring 2022 semester. Following a sabbatical, Dean Van Rensburg will return to the Graziadio Business School as a faculty scholar in fall 2023. 

Search Milestones

  • February 2022 - Publish position profile
  • March 2022 - Identify and interview the first round of applicants
  • March 2022 - Deliberate and recommend three to five finalists, approved by the provost and president, for campus interviews
  • April 2022 - Complete finalist interviews
  • April–June 2022 - Provost and president review finalist evaluations and select candidate

Search Committee


  • Jay Brewster, Chair, Provost and Chief Academic Officer
  • Dave Smith, Vice Chair, Professor of Economics, Associate Provost for Online Learning

Committee Members

  • Paul Caron, Dean for Caruso School of Law
  • Spencer Hardman, Assistant Dean, Finance and Administration
  • Maretno Augus Harjoto, Professor of Finance
  • Bernice Ledbetter, Practitioner Lecturer of Organizational Theory and Management, Dean of Students
  • Robert Lee, Associate Professor of Accounting
  • Zhike Lei, Associate Professor of Applied Behavioral Science
  • Tim Perrin, Senior Vice President for Strategic Implementation
  • Cristel Russell, Professor of Marketing
  • Mark Tribbitt, Associate Professor of Strategy
  • Michael Williams, Associate Professor of Information Systems and Technology Management


Pepperdine retained the executive search firm CarterBaldwin to assist the PGBS Dean Search Committee. All inquiries, nominations, and applications (which include a letter of interest and curriculum vitae) should be directed in confidence to PepperdineDeanGBS@carterbaldwin.com

Community Notice

In order to protect the privacy of candidates, the search process itself will be strictly confidential. However, the search committee welcomes comments and thoughts from members of the Pepperdine community on the qualities and qualifications they feel are important for the University's next dean of the Graziadio Business School to possess. In light of the importance of this appointment, we hope that the members of our community will share their concerns and preferences so that we may take them into consideration as we interview candidates. Please email feedback to the committee at deansearchpgbs2022@pepperdine.edu.