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 immediate past chair of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, and on the boards of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities 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 and distinguished alumnus of Oklahoma Christian University with a degree in American studies. He earned his law degree from Oklahoma City University in 1979 and was recently awarded the Distinguishished Alumnus Award from the School of Law. He has been involved in higher education administration for 42 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.