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Wayne L. Strom, PhD Professor of Behavioral Science

Wayne L. Strom, PhD

Emeritus Professor of Behavioral Science
Graziadio Business School


From his 40 year history as an Executive Coach and Organizational Change Specialist, Dr. Wayne Strom took a pragmatic, applied, and 'real world' approach in his classes. With his students, he gave special attention to the models, skill sets, and attitudes which helped to build upwardly mobile careers in management. Professor Strom worked with a long list of local and multi-national corporations in Europe, Asia, and the United States. These included such firms as ABC-TV, Baxter Healthcare, CB-Richard Ellis, Citicorp, Consolidated Capital, Disney, NAIOP, The Culver Studios, SmithKline, Edison International, Toshiba America, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Yamaha, and Native American Indian Tribes. He also provided pro-bono services to a long list of charitable and not for-profit organizations.

Professor Strom focused on the development of leadership processes for corporate renewal. He evolved approaches for raising confidence through interpersonal influence processes for facilitation and communication. With an emphasis on authentic presence, he taught a range of personal competencies such as 'High Impact Listening' and 'Non-Reactive Conflict Resolution.' As a seminar leader on the topic of 'Spirituality in Business,' he had a special interest in the relationship between various meditative and energy focused processes such as 'Mindfulness' and the management of breath.

Dr. Strom became a full-time faculty member in 1970. In 1971, he was one of three founders of the prestigious Pepperdine Presidential and Key Executive MBA Program. He served as Associate Dean, Director of Graduate Programs, and Chair of various academic committees. He was selected as a Harriet and Charles Luckman Distinguished Teaching Fellow in 1991. Dr. Strom's primary interests were in organizational performance enhancement and spirituality in business. He founded the Pepperdine Civic Leadership project in 1986. Most recently, he enlisted executives in coaching employable, but unemployed, homeless men and women in developing job searching skills.

PKE Wayne Strom Leadership Endowed Fund

Pepperdine mourns the loss of our beloved professor whose life modeled purpose, service, and leadership. He will be missed. For those who wish to show respect, you may leave a comment or a donation to the PKE Wayne Strom Leadership Endowed Fund in his memory.


  • University of California, Doctor of Philosophy

  • Berkeley Baptist Divinity School, Bachelor of Divinity

  • University of Redlands, Bachelor of the Arts