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Michael Feltner - Pepperdine University

Michael E. Feltner

Seaver College

Feltner is the dean of Seaver College and professor of sports medicine. He came to Pepperdine in 1988 and served as a faculty member for the first 19 years of his career at the school. Feltner was named chair of the Natural Science Division in 2006, and later served as associate dean beginning in 2011. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.


Paul Caron - Pepperdine University

Paul L. Caron

Caruso School of Law

Caron was named the Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the Caruso School of Law in 2017 after serving as the associate dean for research and faculty development for two years. He first joined the Caruso School of Law in 2010 as the D & L Straus Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law and became part of the tenured faculty in 2013 as professor of law. Previously Caron served as the associate dean of faculty and the Charles Hartsock Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. A widely respected expert in tax law, Caron has written more than 50 books and scholarly articles and is the publisher and editor of Tax Prof Blog, the most popular tax blog on the internet.


David Smith - Pepperdine University

David Smith

Graziadio Business School

Smith is the interim dean of Pepperdine Graziadio Business School (PGBS), having served as Graziadio’s 8th dean in 2015. Working over 20 years with Pepperdine, Dr. Smith has held multiple leadership roles within higher education as well as in the economic field as an experienced manager and consultant. Along with providing his expertise in numerous articles, Dr. Smith currently serves as a peer reviewer and mentor on the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Dr. Smith holds a bachelor's degree from Wheaton College in Illinois, and master's and doctoral degrees in economics from Michigan State University.
 
 


Farzin Madjidi Interim Dean GSEP

Farzin Madjidi

Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Madjidi (MBA ’88, EdD ’91), associate dean of education and professor of leadership at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP), has been appointed to the role of interim dean of the school. A dedicated and highly effective member of the GSEP administration, he has served at GSEP as an educator and as a scholar in the areas of management, leadership structure in educational organizations, and technology in teaching practice. Madjidi will serve in the interim role while the University continues a national search for a new GSEP dean.


 Pete Peterson - Pepperdine University

Pete Peterson

School of Public Policy

Peterson served as the School of Public Policy's interim dean for the 2015–2016 academic year and was appointed dean in April 2016. An alumnus of SPP, he previously served as executive director of the school's Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership. Peterson is a board member for a number of California nonprofits focused on civic participation and political reform, and he was the 2014 Republican candidate for California secretary of state.


Mark Roosa - Pepperdine University

Mark S. Roosa

Pepperdine Libraries

Dean of Pepperdine Libraries since 2004, Roosa directs libraries on the Malibu campus and throughout the Los Angeles area, leading their efforts to provide seamless access to both print and digital resources essential for learning, teaching, and research. Prior to joining Pepperdine, Roosa served as director for preservation at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.