Dennis Draper, Ph.D.

Dennis Draper, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Business Administration

Dennis Draper, Ph.D.

Office: Hilton 337 
Phone: 310.338.7504 
Fax: 310.338.5187

Areas of Expertise 

  • Finance
  • Investment Management
  • Commodity, Financial and Stock Index Futures
  • Derivative Assets and Products


Dennis Draper, Ph.D. is dean of the College of Business Administration at LMU where he oversees all programs and events for students, faculty, staff and alumni. Draper is an experienced scholar and leading business administrator with more than 25 years of experience in senior academic positions.

Prior to joining LMU in 2007, Draper served as director of the Center for Investment Studies and associate professor of finance at USC's Marshall School of Business. He also served as vice dean of graduate programs at USC. At Marshall, Draper led many changes in the culture of the education process, curriculum, admissions policy and the global focus of the school's education. He also made numerous strategic investments on behalf of the school, managed alumni and corporate relationships, opened new facilities and modified existing programs.

Draper is an expert in investment strategy, risk management and derivative securities analyses. Outside of academia he has served as a financial consultant on investment management and strategy relationships, as well as a corporate consultant involved in the structure, capital acquisition, operation and strategy for existing and startup companies. Some of his professional activities include chief operating officer of Film Roman, Inc.; president of the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation; and co-director, CFA Review Program of the Los Angeles Society of Financial Analysts.

Draper earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering/operations research from Northwestern University, a master's degree in engineering from Stanford University and a doctorate in business from Stanford University.


  • PhD: Stanford University (1979)
  • MS: Stanford University (1972)
  • BS: Northwestern University (1970)