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

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.


LIVINGSTONE: How MBA Education Will Facilitate More Effective Learning


Dean Linda A. Livingstone (2012)In the Dean’s Corner column for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the Graziadio School’s Dean Linda A. Livingstone says that more creative approaches to enlisting and developing faculty are essential if universities are going to be successful accelerating graduate level business education.

She writes, “Now and in the future, schools should be looking at how they deploy faculty across programs, the type of learning experiences professors are providing students, how academics are engaging with the business community, and how technology can be used to facilitate more effective learning.”

Dean Livingstone serves as vice chair/chair-elect of the board for the accrediting authority. In AACSB’s eNewsline publication, she advocates that business school professors are at the heart of a successful MBA education. Business schools must develop and empower instructors to provide rich experiential learning opportunities, not provide them with just content, research, and gadgets.

“Reorienting MBA programs and professors away from the traditional brick and mortar, lecture-style teaching to high quality technology-enabled, experiential learning is on a course that should be embraced and adopted,” Dean Livingstone says.

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Graziadio School Dean Linda Livingstone Elected Vice Chair-Chair Elect of AACSB Board


Dean Linda A. Livingstone (2012)Linda A. Livingstone, dean and professor of management at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, has been elected vice chair-chair elect of the AACSB Board of Directors by the membership of AACSB International. AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) is the premier accreditation body for institutions offering undergraduate, master’s and doctorate degrees in business and accounting.

“Having served as a member of AACSB’s Board since the 2009-2010 academic year and on its Blue Ribbon Committee on Accreditation Quality, I am deeply honored to be selected by my peers to continue to contribute in this strategic leadership role,” said Dean Livingstone. “As a dean and in my role on the AACSB Board, I am committed to helping us all advance the highest standards for management education worldwide.” Continue reading

DEAN’S MESSAGE: Find Your Center in 2013

Image courtesy of DreamWorks Animation

Image courtesy of DreamWorks

Over the holiday break my family and I enjoyed having the time to see several movies that had just come out. One we found particularly enjoyable was Rise of the Guardians. While this is an animated movie marketed to children, it has a much deeper message that I believe is relevant for us at the Graziadio School.

A classic tale of the battle of good (the Guardians) vs. evil (Pitch, the Boogey Man), the traditional Guardians (Santa, Sandman, Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy) are joined by a new Guardian, Jack Frost. Jack, however, doesn’t understand why he has been chosen as a guardian or what he has to contribute to protecting children from the fear generated by Pitch.

Santa implores Jack to find his “center” (which for Santa is wonder, for Sandman dreams, for Easter Bunny hope and for Tooth Fairy light) and then he will know his role. Ultimately, as you might expect, Jack learns that his center is “fun” and through that plays an instrumental role in helping the guardians overcome Pitch’s fear so that children do not lose wonder, dreams, hope, light and fun.

As we begin a new year at the Graziadio School, reflecting on what is our center and, I think, how we live out our center in the classroom and in our interactions with our students and with one another is a valuable exercise.

Our mission statement articulates four core values that help to “center” us: integrity, courage, compassion and stewardship. In the coming year may we all exhibit integrity in our words and deeds, may we display courage to live out our values on a daily basis, may we show compassion for our colleagues and those less fortunate, and may we be good stewards of the gifts and resources God has given each of us.

Dean Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.Wishing each of you a blessed and centered 2013,
Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor of Management