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Ron Ford serves as associate dean of executive education at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management from July 1 through May 31, 2009, before becoming associate dean of both executive programs and executive education on June 1, 2009. Ford is a practitioner faculty of finance in the executive MBA and fully employed MBA programs at Pepperdine and is chief executive officer of St. Clair Entertainment. Ford holds a doctor of executive management degree from Case Western Reserve University and earned his MBA from Vanderbilt University, where he also serves on the board of trustees. 

Lisa Hylton has joined Willamette University’s MBA for Professionals program in the new position of recruiter-admission counselor at both the Portland center and Salem campus. Hylton  began her career in non-profit management as the general manager of the Eugene Concert Choir, later taking on a position as a business development officer for Oregon Community Credit Union.  Before earning her MBA from Willamette, Hylton pursued an opera career in New York City.

Mark Mallinger has been named associate dean of full-time programs at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. Mallinger started his Pepperdine career in 1980 as a faculty member of Seaver College and in 1993 joined the Graziadio School, where he has been director of full-time programs for nearly five years. A professor of applied behavioral science, Mallinger earned his doctorate from the University of Southern California and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from California State University at Northridge.

Steve Reinemund becomes the first dean to head both of Wake Forest’s business schools, the Calloway School of Business and Accountancy and the Babcock Graduate School of Management. Reinemund devoted 23 years of his business career to PepsiCo, serving as chairman and CEO from 2001 to 2006 and remaining chairman until his 2007 retirement. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he received an MBA at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia and served five years as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, achieving the rank of captain. Reinemund also serves as professor of leadership and strategy at Wake Forest.

Demos Vardiabasis is serving as interim associate dean of executive programs at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management through May 31, 2009. An entrepreneur, executive, consultant, and economics professor, Vardiabasis was recently appointed to the California Commission for Economic Development by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and has served on the U.S. Committee to assist Russian Reform and the National Policy Forum. Vardiabasis earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Southern California.

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