A native of San Luis Obispo, California, Dr. Andre received his B.S. degree in Accounting from Santa Clara University. He holds an MBA in Finance and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Southern California where he was a member of the finance department. While working on his doctorate, he received the Richard B. Horne Educare Award, the Emery and Joyce Stoops Award, and the Dean’s Graduate Scholarship. Dr. Andre has been teaching business finance, investments and accounting courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels since 1982. Specializing in financial planning, he is familiar with budgeting, forecasting, reorganization, business valuation, real estate and global business. He also has experience in preparing business plans and securing financing for new ventures. He has remained involved in business through consulting, teaching and board membership.
With over sixteen years of full-time experience in the business world prior to teaching, Dr. Andre brings a practitioner’s viewpoint to the classroom. Beginning as an accounting clerk, he worked his way up to being president and chief operating officer of businesses involved in entertainment, manufacturing, mortgage banking, real estate, and retail. In addition to founding and developing a chain of retail clothing stores, he worked as financial control manager of the architecture/construction department of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee.
Dr. Andre has been teaching at The University of Southern California, Loyola Marymount University, California Polytechnic State University and Santa Monica College since 1984, and in 1999 he spent a semester in Bonn, Germany with the study abroad program of LMU. He taught finance and international business classes for the University of Virginia on Semester at Sea in 2008, 2010, and 2014 focusing on China, India, Vietnam, Africa, Japan, and Malaysia. In addition to his involvement in community affairs as a volunteer and board member for several charitable organizations, he enjoys biking, hiking, boating, skiing, and travel.