Lana Nino

Lana NinoJohn A. Murdy Endowed Chair in Business Administration and Economics
Professor of Business Administration

Academic History

Ph.D. University of California, Riverside
M.S.B.A., California State University, Pomona
B.S., California State University, Long Beach


Professor Lana Nino is a Professor in Business Administration. Nino received a Ph.D. in higher education with a focus on business education from the University of California, Riverside. She has a Master’s of Science in Business Administration from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and holds two certifications as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).

Nino's research concerns include the institutional environment of business education focusing on business faculty and students and the interaction between the business profession and academia. Her dissertation focused on studying business students, and it was entitled Precursors of Professionalism in Senior-level Undergraduate Business Students and the Implication of these Precursors for Business Education and the Profession. Her other area of research centers around the adoption of the international accounting standards and her work has been published in the American Journal of Business Education and The Journal of Academic and Business Ethics. Over the past decade, she has participated in several conferences including two international presentations in Ireland and Slovakia.

Nino teaches in business administration focusing on accounting topics including financial and managerial accounting, financial reporting and analysis, auditing, and business ethics. Her service to the college included serving on the Educational Policies Committee and the Whittier Scholars Council. She has participated in long-term strategic planning committees formed by the President and the Board of Directors. More recently, she served on Committee for the Future of the Liberal Arts and the Faculty Executive Committee as Vice Chair of Faculty.

Prior to her academic role at Whittier College, Nino spent six years in public accounting and held chief financial officer positions at two technology companies, as well as other managerial positions in accounting at national firms in Southern California


  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)


  • Nino, L. S., & Gotsch, S. D. (2016). Educating Business Professionals: The Call Beyond Competence and Expertise. Business Expert Press.

    Given the influential role that business professionals now play in society, high-quality education is essential. A recognition that business programs can and should nurture leaders committed not only to personal and corporate success but also to social progress rests at the core of a revised and renewed education model. Steeped in the liberal arts, this book presents a practical plan to achieve that goal. It makes a cogent argument for incorporating professionalism into undergraduate and graduate business programs, and offers guidance to business deans and faculty interested in preparing students for the evolving role of business leadership in the 21st century. Using an adapted “wheel of professionalism” model, it describes curricular content and educational approaches designed to guide students toward higher levels of professionalism, social consciousness, and ethical decision-making.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Nino, L.  (2014). Precursors of professionalism of business graduates: implications for business education and the profession, Journal of Academic and Business Ethics.
  • Nino, L.  (2013). Precursors of professionalism in college seniors: Influence of major, gender, and institution, Research in Higher Education Journal, Academic and Business Research Institute, Journal, 21.
  • Nino, L. (2012). Precursors of Professionalism in Senior-level Undergraduate Business Students and the Implications of these Precursors for Business Education and the Profession. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE, Dissertation in full-text: ProQuest/UMI. (3518716).
  • Nino, L. S. (2011). Historical and Ideological Challenges in Business Education, American Journal of Business Education, Vol.4, No.1.
  • Nino, L. S. (2007). Market Capitalization of Major Markets and the Progress of Adoption of the International Accounting Standards, The Business Review, Cambridge, Vol.9, No.1.
  • Decker, J., Duran, D., Nino, L. (2004), A Grounded Design Approach for Outsourcing, The Journal of American Academy of Business, Cambridge, Vol.2, No.2.