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Meet Graziadio's Current Dean

Interim Dean David Smith


David Smith


David Smith has had the privilege of working at Pepperdine for over 20 years. Over these years, Dr. Smith has taught over 1,000 graduate and undergraduate students. In addition to his work as a teacher, he has served in numerous leadership posts at Pepperdine. His roles include, department chair, senior associate dean, and most recently, serving as the 8th Dean of the Graziadio Business School.

Prior to obtaining his doctorate in economics, Dr. Smith worked for seven years as a manager in the insurance industry. His economic expertise includes the areas of compensation analysis, data loss, and analysis of specific labor markets. He has consulted for several industries and regularly serves as an expert witness in cases involving economic loss. With extensive experience in both academia and business, he aims to translate the complexity of economics into the language of business with succinct clarity.

Dr. Smith is active in service to Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the international accrediting body for business schools. He serves as a peer reviewer and mentor. In the past, he has served as chair of the steering committee for the Associate Dean's Affinity Group.

As a labor economist with an applied focus, Dr. Smith has published numerous articles. These articles have appeared in both academic and practitioner journals. His research on credit unions has been used in arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court as well as in state legislative hearings. Dr. Smith has also served as an expert commentator on economic issues for various news media. Some of them include CNN, the London Times, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, USA Today, the New York Times, and the Investor's Business Daily. He received his bachelor's degree from Wheaton College in Illinois, and his master's and doctoral degrees in economics from Michigan State University.