2018 was a significant year of transition and growth for the College of Business Administration (CBA) at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). The college gained new leadership, added programs and charted a course for the future.

The college welcomed Dayle M. Smith, Ph.D. in June as its new dean. Earlier, Joe O’Hannigan came onboard as associate dean of graduate business programs. Together these new leaders have brought energy and a new focus to the highly regarded business school.

In August, the university opened the doors to the LMU Playa Vista Campus, a creative center for graduate and professional education in Silicon Beach – already home to the Executive MBA program and future home to a number of graduate business programs set to launch in fall 2019.

“It’s a game-changer for the College of Business Administration, and our graduate programs specifically, to have a launchpad in the heart of Silicon Beach,” said O’Hannigan. “Being in the middle of the action makes us an even more attractive educational partner, and it also allows us to help influence the ideas and innovations that are emerging from Silicon Beach.”


In only seven months, Dean Smith has brought a new vision to LMU’s College of Business Administration.

“It is clear to me that the CBA has a key role to play in developing tomorrow’s leaders,” said Smith. “I see the college’s engagement in the LMU mission as fundamental to determining how business can be a force for good, committed to triple bottom line values and making an impact as ‘men and women for others’ on a global stage. I envision the CBA as a playground for the mind and a play space for the imagination – where students gain discipline knowledge and develop an entrepreneurial mindset and skill set, while exploring new ways to address tomorrow’s business challenges.”

The college received more than $1 million in U.S. Department of Education funding this fall to expand international business education initiatives over the next four years with a focus on global marketing, talent management, foreign business-language education, international entrepreneurship, global sustainability and business ethics. The grant will help fund a new institute for international business that aligns with the university’s mission to cultivate a globally imaginative campus, providing students with a transformative education that is innovative and interdisciplinary.


The CBA is ensuring its students stay relevant and competitive in today’s ever-changing marketplace by introducing several new graduate business programs to meet industry demand. Take a closer look at what’s new:

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