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Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor of Management
Dr. Livingstone has presided as dean of the Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School since 2002. As chief executive, she works closely with 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 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.
Gary L. Mangiofico, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Fully Employed and Executive Programs and Practitioner Faculty of Organizational Theory and Management
Dr. Mangiofico leads oversight of the design and delivery of evening and weekend degree programs for working professionals including the Fully Employed MBA, Executive MBA, Presidential MBA, B.S.M., and M.S. programs, as well as non-degree executive education programs. He oversees marketing and communications, public relations and recruitment operations for working professionals. 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 as a general management executive for both start-ups and Fortune 50 companies.
David Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Economics
Dr. Smith leads faculty selection, recruitment, development, and retention for the Graziadio School. In working closely with Dr. Mangiofico, 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.
Associate Dean, Administration
Ms. Soroldoni leads the admission, financial aid, student accounts, student systems, technology services and finance and budgeting efforts for the Graziadio School. Prior to joining the school in 1976, she served as vice president of a multi branch travel agency where she oversaw the business operations of the retail, conference and specialized group businesses. Ms. Soroldoni earned her MBA from Pepperdine University in 1980.
Michael L. Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Full-Time Programs and Assistant Professor of Information Systems
Dr. Williams leads oversight of the design and delivery of daytime and evening Full-time MBA and Full-time Master of Science in Applied Finance and Global Business degree programs, as well as oversees the Office of Alumni and Career Services 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' also serves 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.