The primary responsibility of the chancellor emeritus is to maintain contact with Pepperdine Associates, University Board members, and others, and to bring new friends into the Pepperdine Family. This involves planning and implementing a number of regularly scheduled activities, hosting quarterly meetings of the University Board, and interacting on a regular basis with our many constituents.
Charles B. Runnels was born in Texas and received his bachelor of science degree from Stephen F. Austin University. After four years of active duty in the United States Navy, he completed law school at the University of Houston in 1956. He worked for Tenneco, Inc. in Houston before joining Pepperdine University in 1967. After serving as vice chancellor from 1971 to 1984, he was named chancellor on January 1, 1985.
"I came to George Pepperdine College in 1967 after a successful 17-year career with Tenneco, Inc. My first task was to serve with a committee that was searching for land on which to build a second campus. From about 40 possibilities, we narrowed it down to one remarkable location. The land was secured, the money was raised, and the campus was built. In the years since, I have coordinated fundraising activities for the $100 million Wave of Excellence campaign and served as co-chair of the recently completed $350 million Challenged to Lead campaign."