MBA ; News & Events
Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor of Management
Dr. Linda Livingstone has presided as dean of Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management since 2002. As chief executive, she works closely with the Pepperdine administration and the Graziadio School’s executive leadership team, as well as faculty, student and alumni leaders, to advance the school’s mission and a strategic vision that is student-focused, experience-driven and values-centered. Under Dr. Livingstone’s leadership, the business school launched the Education to Business (E2B) Applied Learning Program, which provides students with real-world experience consulting for small- and medium-sized companies and major corporations; expanded entrepreneurial studies; and established the Center for Applied Research and Center for Learning and Teaching Excellence. She also launched the Dean’s Executive Leadership Series, a high-profile lecture program that introduces students and alumni to exceptional business innovators.
During her tenure, Dr. Livingstone oversaw a $200 million expansion of the business school’s regional campuses and the opening of the 50-acre Drescher Graduate Campus in Malibu. A faculty sabbatical program, the Denney Academic Chair, the Julian Virtue Professorship and the Rothschild Award were initiated to facilitate increased emphasis on applied and relevant academic research.
Dr. Livingstone serves as vice chair and chair-elect of the board of AACSB International, the longest serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master's and doctorate degrees in business and accounting.
John K. Paglia, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Finance
Dr. John Paglia leads the design and delivery of evening and weekend degree programs for working professionals, including the Fully Employed MBA, Bachelor of Science in Management, M.S. in Management and Leadership, M.S. in Entrepreneurship and M.S. in Applied Finance degree offerings. He is responsible for the administration of recruitment for these programs as well as marketing, communications and public relations. He shares responsibility for enhancing the classroom experiences of students, along with goals related to quality control and accreditation. Dr. Paglia serves as director of accreditation and most recently served as chair of the Finance and Accounting Department. He founded the award-winning Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project, on-going research investigating access to and demand for private capital, for which he has been recognized by the Association for Corporate Growth and the Alliance for Mergers & Acquisitions Advisors. Dr. Paglia has a dozen years of university teaching experience in finance, has performed business valuations for privately-held companies and has testified on economic damage and valuation matters.
Gary L. Mangiofico, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Practitioner Faculty of Organizational Theory and Management
Dr. Gary Mangiofico leads the design and delivery of evening and weekend degree programs for high-value executives, including the Executive MBA, Presidents and Key Executive (PKE) MBA and Master of Science in Organization Development degree programs, as well as non-degree executive education programs and corporate relations. He oversees the administration of financial aid, student accounts and admission. He shares responsibility for enhancing the classroom experiences of students, along with goals related to quality control and accreditation. Dr. Mangiofico brings more than 20 years of experience leading strategic development, operations management and integration, and turnaround operations solving complex challenges as a CEO, COO and general management executive for both start-ups and Fortune 50 companies.
David Smith, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Economics
Dr. David Smith leads faculty selection, recruitment, development and retention for the Graziadio School, as well as the design and delivery of the Online MBA program. Working closely with Drs. Paglia, Mangiofico and Williams, he shares responsibility for enhancing the classroom experiences of students, along with goals related to quality control and accreditation. He is responsible for establishing a clear strategy to enhance academic excellence through the integration of teaching, scholarship and business connections. Prior to obtaining his Ph.D. in economics, Smith worked for seven years as a manager in the insurance industry. His economic expertise includes the areas of labor pay and productivity, forecasting and analysis of specific labor markets. A labor economist with an applied focus, Smith has published numerous articles that have appeared in both academic and practitioner journals.
Michael L. Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Assistant Professor of Information Systems
Dr. Michael Williams leads the design and delivery of the daytime and evening Full-time MBA and Full-time Master of Science in Applied Finance and Global Business degree programs. He oversees the Office of Alumni Relations, Career Management Center and recruitment operations for full-time programs. He shares responsibility for enhancing the classroom experiences of students, along with goals related to quality control and accreditation. Dr. Williams formerly served as the director of Pepperdine University’s Center for Faith & Learning, advancing its mission to enhance the connections between classroom teaching, scholarship, and Christian faith and practice.
Executive Director, Administration
Chris Bauman leads administration, financial planning and talent management, including student accounts and student systems operations for the Graziadio School. Prior to joining the school's leadership team, he held several roles at Pepperdine University's Office of Financial Planning, most recently serving as the University's director of financial planning with responsibility for developing, maintaining, forecasting and reporting on the University's operating budget. He previously worked with an investment firm in Los Angeles. Bauman holds a BA in economics from Pepperdine, as well as an MBA with an emphasis in finance from the Graziadio School.