academic year 2002-2003 has been an extraordinary one for Pepperdine.
The fact is, the University is experiencing so many successes in
recent years that the "extraordinary" threatens to become
Certainly, one of the highlights of the year has been the completion,
ahead of schedule, of the Drescher Graduate Campus at Malibu. Although
there are important construction and remodeling projects remaining,
the new campus represents the final phase of the build-out of the
Malibu master plan, which has been on the drawing board for more
than twenty-five years. In addition to its beauty and functionality,
the new campus is one of the most technologically advanced in the
More subtle changes are taking place elsewhere. A major renovation
and enhanced collection is underway at Payson Library, and other
improvements are brightening the face of Pepperdine. In Buenos Aires,
the beautiful Casa Holden now welcomes our international program
students. A new graduate campus in Pasadena opened graduate programs
to residents of the San Gabriel Valley. The Pepperdine Plaza, headquarters
for the Graziadio School of Business and Management and the Graduate
School of Education and Psychology, is nearly ready to move to a
new and better location in West Los Angeles, adjacent to the San
Diego (I-405) Freeway. And of course, academic initiatives and advancements,
the real foundation of the University, are abundant.
On behalf of the Board of Regents, I want to commend the leadership
of President Andrew K. Benton in assembling a capable team to construct
the Drescher Graduate Campus in record time. Moreover, his management
team, deans, and directors have made steady progress in academics,
athletics, and other areas. The president has set a tone of civility
and concern, of faithfulness and vision-a tone worthy of emulation.
I believe that Pepperdine has never been stronger administratively,
academically, or fiscally. After sixty-six years of operation, we
are on solid footing and are poised for even greater achievement
and service. I am grateful to the Regents and to all those within
and beyond the walls of academe who support this eternal cause known
as Pepperdine University.