Andrew K. Benton
President and Chief Executive Officer
Andrew K. Benton has served as the seventh president of Pepperdine University since 2000 and continues to lead Pepperdine to prominence among the nation's top universities. A lawyer by training, President Benton cares deeply about the student and is often called "the students' president."
Benton currently serves as chair of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, on the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Council on Higher Education Accreditation, and the President's Cabinet of the West Coast Conference. He is also past chair of the American Council on Education (ACE), the major coordinating body for all of the nation's higher education institutions.
Benton is a 1974 graduate of Oklahoma Christian University with a degree in American studies. He earned his law degree from Oklahoma City University in 1979. He has been involved in higher education administration for nearly 40 years. Prior to his presidency, Benton served in several key leadership roles at Pepperdine including executive vice president, and vice president for university affairs and administration.
He resides in Malibu with his wife Debby.