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Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Abraham Park

Abraham Park, PhD

Dr. Abraham Park is the senior associate dean of academic affairs and an associate professor of finance at Pepperdine Graziadio. Dr. Park has over 12 years of experience in law, a Silicon Valley technology start up venture, management consulting, hedge funds, and global real estate finance. He has worked and lived in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. Dr. Park holds a PhD from University of Cambridge, M. Phil. from University of Cambridge, JD from U.C. Berkeley, MPP from Harvard University, and a BA from UC Berkeley. 

Department and Online Programs Chairs

Jillian Alderman

Jillian Alderman, PhD, CPA, CFE

ACCT, FIN, Real Estate

Jillian Alderman is an Associate Professor of Accounting. Prior to her academic experience, Jillian worked as an auditor at Deloitte and is professionally licensed as a CPA (Florida) and Certified Fraud Examiner. Jillian’s research interests are interdisciplinary and applied in focus, involving the study of how individuals’ beliefs, traits, and backgrounds influence their lives, and the resulting impact on organizations and society. Jillian has received the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence from Pepperdine University and currently teaches Accounting courses in Part-Time and Full-Time programs, and a seminar on decision-making research for the EDBA program.

Ken Ko

Kenneth Ko, PhD


Dr. Ko is an associate professor of decision sciences and department chair of Strategy‚ Information Systems Technology Management‚ and Decision Sciences. Dr. Ko has worked as a product manager for Hewlett-Packard, a business manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers, and a management consultant for Strategic Decisions Group where he is currently an outside consultant. Dr. Ko graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with honors, and Stanford University with a PhD in Management Science and Engineering. 

Jaclyn Margolis

Jaclyn Margolis, PhD


Dr. Jaclyn Margolis holds a PhD in Management with a concentration in Organizational Behavior from Drexel University. She received her MBA from Drexel University and her BS in Finance and Economics with a minor in Psychology from Lehigh University. Dr. Margolis’s teaching focuses on organizational behavior, teamwork, leadership, and personal development. Her primary research interests include teams, leadership, motivation, and social comparison processes. Dr. Margolis worked in the financial services industry prior to pursuing her doctorate. 

Brian McGilvray

Brian McGilvray, JD


Brian McGilvray currently teaches courses in leadership and ethics, business law, employment law, and human resources management at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School. McGilvray previously taught at California State University, Northridge, and has guest lectured on ethics and family business issues at UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management. In addition, he was awarded a Teaching Assistant Fellowship while attending Pepperdine University’s School of Law.  McGilvray currently serves as the Chair of the Master of Science in Business Program in the Graziadio Business School. 

Michael Williams portrait

Michael Williams, PhD

Online Programs Chair

Dr. Williams serves as the Chair of Online Programs and has served in a number of academic and administrative roles at Pepperdine. His research has been published in leading empirical and practitioner journals in Information Systems including the European Journal of Operations Research and MIS Quarterly Executive. He is a proud recipient of Pepperdine's highest teaching award, the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence.