Dean Linda A. Livingstone in her words and news defining her leadership

David Smith Named Interim Dean of Graziadio School of Business and Management

David Smith Named Interim Dean of Graziadio School of Business and Management

davidsmithDavid M. Smith, senior associate dean and associate professor of economics, has been named interim dean of the Graziadio School of Business and Management, effective August 1, 2014.

“I am honored to serve the university in this capacity. We have a great team of faculty and staff to help advance the Graziadio School over the coming year, to pursue our strategic priorities, as well as fulfill the university mission,” Smith says.

David earned his B.A. from Wheaton College and both his M.S. and PhD degrees from Michigan State University. Prior to assuming this new role, David has served as associate dean for eight years at the business school, most recently as senior associate dean. In this role, he had primary oversight for the faculty at the Graziadio School, and he was instrumental in launching two new centers, the Center for Applied Research and the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence. David also oversees the Graziadio School’s e-learning initiatives and online MBA program, which will see its inaugural class graduate in December 2014.

Prior to obtaining his PhD in economics, Smith worked for seven years as a manager in the insurance industry. Since completion of his academic credentials, Smith has consulted for various industries, specializing in information technology, financial services, medical, and nonprofit sectors. A labor economist with an applied focus, Smith’s economic expertise includes the areas of labor pay and productivity, the economics of gender, and analysis of specific labor markets. He has published in numerous academic and practitioner outlets. His research on credit unions has been used in arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court as well as in state legislative hearings.

Smith closely follows current economic trends and is a frequent commentator on radio and in several newspapers and magazines, including most recently the Sacramento Bee, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the New York Times, and the Investor’s Business Daily. His opinion in matters related to the Employee Free Choice Act and union negotiations within the entertainment and grocery industries have been widely reported. Smith has been a full-time faculty member at the Graziadio School of Business and Management of Pepperdine University since 1997.

Dean Linda A. Livingstone Named Dean of George Washington School of Business

Dean Linda A. Livingstone (2012)Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., Dean and Professor of Management at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, has accepted the position of dean at the George Washington University School of Business in Washington, D.C., and will assume her new duties on August 1, announced Pepperdine University President Andrew K. Benton in a statement.

“For more than 12 years as dean of the Graziadio School of Business and Management, Linda A. Livingstone has committed herself to the growth and development of our students, faculty, and programs, while helping to build Pepperdine’s reputation as one of the leading business schools in the world. Throughout her tenure, Linda has skillfully guided the business school along its quest to advance responsible business practices and develop values-centered leaders,” Dr. Benton said. 

In preparation for Dr. Livingstone’s departure, Dr. David M. Smith, Senior Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Economics, has accepted to serve as interim dean. Pepperdine University will partner with an executive search firm to begin a nationwide search to identify her successor, according to Benton’s statement.

At the Graziadio School, Dean Livingstone championed a $200 million expansion of the business school’s regional campuses, increased the school’s international partnerships to 40 business schools around the world, and led the school to membership in the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative and as a signatory to the Principles for Responsible Management Education. As dean, she oversaw the hiring of approximately 60 percent of the business school’s faculty.

Under her leadership, the Graziadio school established the E2B (Education to Business) Live Case Program, which partners students with companies to find solutions to strategic issues; launched the Dean’s Executive Leadership Series, a high-profile lecture program that brings to campus leading business innovators; introduced a business plan competition for students seeking to start their own companies; and added new degree programs in management and leadership, applied finance, and global business.

NEW Graziadio Magazine Highlights Past School Year

Graziadio Magazine’s 2013-2014 Academic Year issue is now available to view online and download. In addition to the cover article “George Graziadio: Larger Than Life” readers will find select highlights from the past school year including major milestones reached, awards and recognitions and other key moments. A small sample of alumni class note is also featured. Access now. Continue reading

Graziadio’s Dean Livingstone Inducted into OSU Hall of Fame

Dean Linda Livingstone has been inducted into the the Spears School of Business Hall of Fame and honored by her alma mater Oklahoma State University as its first-ever recipient of the Outstanding Ph.D. Award.

The annual Spears School Hall of Fame Banquet recognizes OSU graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professional careers, displayed effective leadership, made exemplary contributions to their communities and freely given meritorious service to others. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor the Spears School can bestow.

Dean Livingstone earned three degrees from OSU (a bachelor’s degree in economics and management in 1982, an MBA in 1983 and her doctorate in philosophy in 1992).

Livingstone is in her 12th year as chief executive at the Graziadio School of Business and Management.

The Perkins, Okla., native began her academic career at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She spent 11 years at Baylor where she was an assistant professor and then associate professor of management before serving as associate dean of graduate programs from 1998 to 2002. Livingstone was hired in March 2002 at Pepperdine. She has been actively involved in the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), having served on the board since the 2009-10 academic year. She is currently vice chair-chair elect of the AACSB Board of Directors, and will become chair of the international organization in July 2014.

In 2001, the Outstanding Young Alumni award was established to recognize alumni who have provided significant service and achievement early in their professional careers.

Graziadio Staff Honored for Volunteer Work with the Homeless


(Standing, left to right) Jessica Wishan, director of PATH; Claire Orr, founder of PATH; Graziadio School’s Soledad Gonzalez; PATH’s Megan Colvard; (seated, from the Graziadio Schoo) Nora Guerrero, Dean Linda Livingstone, and Michael Stamper.

On behalf of the Graziadio School of Business and Management, Dean Linda Livingstone accepted the Community Support Award from the Westside Shelter & Hunger Coalition, an alliance of more than 30 organizations, public agencies and faith communities committed to ending hunger and homelessness through service coordination, public education and advocacy. WSHC recognized the school this October at its 18th Celebrating Success Breakfast for the volunteer work Graziadio staff performed with the member agency PATH, the West Los Angeles non-profit that helps homeless people find work, save money, secure housing, and empower their lives.

Attending the awards ceremony with Dean Livingstone were Nora Guerrero, Admission Counselor/Support Receptionist; Soledad Gonzalez, Financial Aid Advisor; and Michael Stamper, Director, Graziadio Technology Services; all of whom have been actively involved in volunteer activities with PATH.

For more than four years, Graziadio staff have partnered with PATH through Pepperdine University’s Call to Service initiative. Staff members have helped prepared and served more than 2,000 nutritious meals for homeless residents, Professor Joetta Forsyth organized financial workshops and Graziadio Technology Services led computer workshops. Graziadio staff also held clothing drives, Christmas toy drives and fundraisers to benefit homeless parents and their children.

Pepperdine Magazine recently detailed these service activities.