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John K. Paglia, PhD, MBA, CPA, CFA

Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Finance


As Associate Dean, Dr. Paglia leads the design and delivery of evening and weekend business degree programs for working professionals, as well as oversees student recruitment for these programs and the school-wide marketing, communications and public relations functions. Dr. Paglia also served as Director of Accreditation for the business school and most recently served as chair of the Finance and Accounting Department. Paglia has taught MBA-level finance classes at Pepperdine for over fourteen years, performed business valuations for privately-held companies, advised on M&A transactions, and testified on economic damage and valuation matters. He founded the award-winning Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project, which conducts on-going research investigating access to, and demand for, private capital among small to middle market businesses and the capital providers, lenders, intermediaries, and affiliated others that serve them. As project founder he has been recognized by the Association for Corporate Growth with an "Excellence in M&A Award" in 2011 and the Alliance for Mergers & Acquisitions Advisors and Grant Thornton with a "Thought Leader of the Year Award" in 2012. He is also a board member and audit committee chair for Simulations Plus (NASDAQ:SLP) and advisor to several startup companies. His research has been covered in The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, USA Today, Businessweek, TIME, Bloomberg, Reuters, Inc., Forbes, Entrepreneur, MSNBC, ABC News, Huffington Post, Crain's New York, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, among others.
Paglia is a frequent speaker on the topics of privately -held company cost of capital, valuation,access to capital, and financing and deal trends at valuation and M&A conferences. In addition to authoring Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project reports and economic forecasts, his other research addresses financial contracting characteristics, discounts for lack of marketability, the private cost of capital model, effects of private equity and venture capital on sales and employments growth, private equity and venture capital investment strategies and returns, and financing choices for privately - held companies. He also designed and led the
popular three - day executive education offering: Certificate in Private Capital Markets. His work has been published in a number of journals including Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, Journal of Accounting and Finance, Journal of Business Valuation and Economic Loss Analysis, Business Valuation Review, The Value Examiner, Journal of Wealth Management, The RMA Journal, Graziadio Business Review, and cited in Congressional
testimony and Small Business Administration reports. Dr. Paglia holds a PhD in finance, an MBA, a B.S. in finance, and is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst.

Doctor of Philosophy,
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Major Area of Study: Finance; Graduated May 2000

Master of Business Administration,
Gannon University, Erie, PA
Graduated December 1995

Bachelor of Science,
Gannon University, Erie, PA
Major: Finance;
Graduated May 1990


Associate Dean, Graziadio Business School, Pepperdine University (January 2014 – present)
- Member of school leadership team and oversee fully employed programs, recruiting and school wide marketing function.
Finance and Accounting Department Chair, Graziadio Business School, Pepperdine University (August 2013 - December 2013)
- Managed department of over 25 faculty members.
Associate Professor of Finance, Graziadio Business School, Pepperdine University (2008 – present)
Founding Director, Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project, Graziadio Business School, Pepperdine University (2007 – 2013)
– Created series of private equity, venture capital, investment banker, and small business surveys, produced reports, spoke at key industry events, and developed strategic partnerships.
Assistant Professor of Finance, Graziadio Business School, Pepperdine University (2000 –2008)


• 2012 – Middle Market Thought Leader of the Year Award, AM&AA & Grant Thornton
• 2011 – Tom Hopkins Award for Excellence in M&A, ACG 101
• 2011 – George Award, Pepperdine Graziadio School
• 2009 - Denney Professorship, Pepperdine University
• 2007 – Julian Virtue Professorship, Pepperdine University
• 2006 – Pepperdine University Research Award
• 2006 – Provost Grant for Research
• 2002 – Pepperdine University Research Award
• 2002 - Team Grant for Developing "Financial Aid IQ" DVD
• 2001 - Research Award, Graziadio Fund For Excellence
• 2000 - Beta Gamma Sigma Outstanding Finance TA, University of Kentucky