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About Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School

For more than 50 years, the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School has challenged individuals to think boldly and drive meaningful change within their industries and communities. Dedicated to developing Best for the World Leaders, the Graziadio School offers a comprehensive range of MBA, MS, executive, and doctoral degree programs grounded in integrity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The Graziadio School advances experiential learning through small classes with distinguished faculty that stimulate critical thinking and meaningful connection, inspiring students and working professionals to realize their greatest potential as values-centered leaders. Follow Pepperdine Graziadio on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Youtube.


Dean of Pepperdine Graziadio Business School

David Smith is the interim dean of Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, having served as Graziadio’s 8th dean in 2015. Working over 20 years with Pepperdine, Dr. Smith has held multiple leadership roles within higher education as well as in the economic field as an experienced manager and consultant. Along with providing his expertise in numerous articles, Dr. Smith currently serves as a peer reviewer and mentor on the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Dr. Smith holds a bachelor's degree from Wheaton College in Illinois, and master's and doctoral degrees in economics from Michigan State University.


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Pepperdine Graziadio Business School
Hillary Doran
Associate Director of Marketing


Thought Leadership from Pepperdine Graziadio Business School

Cristina Gibson profile
Dean's Distinguished Professor of Management
Inclusion, Technology in the Workplace
Cristel Russell profile
Professor Of Marketing
Consumer Behaviors
Dana Sumpter profile
Associate Professor of Organization Theory and Management
Cross-Cultural Communications, Work'Life Balance
Kurt Motamedi profile
Professor of Strategy and Leadership
Business Strategy, Leadership, Office Politics
Bernice Ledbetter profile
Practitioner Lecturer of Organizational Theory and Management
Corporate Board Dynamics, Women in Leadership
Stephen Rapier profile
Assistant Faculty of Marketing
High Technology Entrepreneurship
Bobbi Thomason profile
Assistant Professor of Applied Behavioral Science
Global Teams, Women in Leadership
Jaime Salas profile
Assistant Professor of Marketing
Adaptive Selling Behavior
Zhike Lei profile
Associate Professor of Applied Behavioral Science
Management, Trends in Technology, Team Reflection
Demosthenes Vardiabasis profile
Professor of Economics
Monetary and Fiscal Policy