Dean's Welcome



Welcome to the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. I am excited that you have chosen to join our community and hope that you will find the Graziadio Employee Onboarding Program valuable. Please do not hesitate to ask questions.

I am proud to say that the Graziadio School is a unique and special place – comprised of people from all walks of life who value collaboration and a commitment to excellence regardless of the job, title or area of responsibility. No matter what the role, we all share a higher purpose. We transform lives. Because of the work you will do every day, the education that the Graziadio School provides will have a lasting impact on each and every student – most of whom you and I will never meet. What a privilege and a responsibility!

The mission of the George L. Graziadio Business School is to develop values-centered leaders and advance responsible business practice through education that is entrepreneurial in spirit, ethical in focus, and global in orientation. We seek to positively impact both society at large and the organizations and communities in which our students and graduates are members. Therefore, we affirm a higher purpose for business practice than the exclusive pursuit of shareholder wealth. We believe that successful management seeks collective good along with individual profit and is anchored in core values such as integrity, stewardship, courage, and compassion.

These words guide us and you will hear them repeated frequently. As a new member of our community, I invite you to embrace them and live them in everything you do. At the Graziadio School, we all shoulder this shared purpose as faculty and staff. As dean, I am here to support you and ensure you succeed.


With warm regards,

Deryck J. van Rensburg
Graziadio Business School
Pepperdine University