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Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management, GSBM, business schools, economics, history, faculty, administration, Donald R. Sime


At Pepperdine College, during the mid-1960’s, a small Department of Business Administration and Economics, with only three full-time faculty members and two “Auxiliary” faculty, began to grow into what is now known as the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University. This document about the beginnings of what became GSBM does not attempt to be an exhaustive history. Covering the period of the mid-1960’s and then the 1968- 78 deanship of Donald R. Sime, it focuses primarily on such aspects as: The school’s energetic, entrepreneurial dynamics; its remarkable growth in a short period of time; and its distinctive and versatile educational mission and style. This history leans heavily on the recollections of faculty members, a few of whom worked at Pepperdine in the late 1960’s and several others who came on board during the 1970’s. Additionally, considerable information came from archival materials (primarily at Pepperdine’s Payson Library). It is designed for the general reader to appreciate a remarkable time in a school’s early history.