John K. Paglia, Ph.D., CFA, CPA
Professor of Finance
Graziadio School of Business and Management
Dr. John K. Paglia is an independent board director and chair of our audit committee. Dr. Paglia is a professor of finance at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School and the recipient of several prestigious honors for his work on small business financing and private capital markets.
Dr. Paglia is also an independent director and audit committee chair for Aeluma, Inc. (OTCQB: ALMU) and advisor to a number of venture capital and private equity funds and startup companies. He is also an Advisory Council Member for the Pepperdine Most Fundable Companies List.
Additionally, Dr. Paglia recently completed a two-year independent director term at a med-tech and regenerative medicine business accelerator, and was engaged as an expert venture capital and private equity consultant by the Library of Congress and provided expert testimony to US Congress on SBA’s SBIC private equity program.
At Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School, Dr. Paglia is a tenured Professor of Finance, where his specialty areas are venture capital, private equity, corporate finance, business valuations, and mergers and acquisitions. In addition, Dr. Paglia has held several leadership positions at Pepperdine University since joining in 2000, most recently as Senior Associate Dean where he had oversight for the business school faculty, the faculty affairs staff, accreditation, and key strategic projects. Prior to that, Dr. Paglia served as Executive Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and founded the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project. His research has been cited in prominent news outlets and published in various academic journals, industry publications, and congressional reports.
Dr. Paglia holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration (finance), an MBA, and a B.S. in finance and is a Certified Public Accountant, Chartered Financial Analyst, and NACD Directorship Certified™.
Dr. John K. Paglia was appointed on December 2014 to the Board of Directors.