Pepperdine University 2003 Annual Report A Heritage of Faith
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The Year in Review
The Heritage Continues: People

Heroes GardenPresident Benton has referred to Pepperdine as "the answering place," a place where sincere minds come to find answers to many of life's most difficult questions and to gain the knowledge and experience that will serve them for the rest of their lives. To keep Pepperdine on the edge of what is current and vital, the faculty conducts research and keeps abreast of advancements in their fields of expertise. In addition, every year new faculty members are sought who can expand our regular course offerings with new thought and unique experience. This year the University welcomed more than thirty new or returning former faculty members. The following is offered as highlights of some of the new people at Pepperdine and also some of the achievements of present faculty.

At the School of Law, Doug Kmiec rejoins the faculty after two years as dean of Catholic University School of Law. He holds the Caruso Family Chair in Law, and his area of expertise is constitutional law. David Davenport, sixth president of Pepperdine University, joins us from the Hoover Institution. He will teach in the law school and also serve as distinguished professor of Public Policy and Law at the School of Public Policy.

Also at the School of Public Policy, Angela Hawken comes to us with a Ph.D. from Rand Graduate School. Choosing Pepperdine over other prestigious institutions, Professor Hawken will teach statistics and research methods, and has a special interest in the economic impact of AIDS in Africa and Russia. Bruce Herschensohn has begun a new relationship with the School of Public Policy, serving as a senior fellow of public policy after several years of service in teaching and advising capacities.

The Graduate School of Education and Psychology welcomed Eugene Kim as a professor of education. Professor Kim has studied teachers' values in China and compares his studies with similar work in the United States. Gerardo Canul joined the psychology division of GSEP as a professor of cross-cultural psychology. Professor Canul received his Ph.D. from Washington State University.

The Graziadio School of Business and Management welcomed Karen E. Schnietz as assistant professor of management. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and was assistant professor at the Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice University. Gwendolyn Whitfield joined the Graziadio School as an associate professor of strategy. She earned her Ph.D. from Western Michigan University.

Sharon Clarke was among the new faculty welcomed to Seaver College. She is assistant professor of mathematics and comes to us with a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. After a distinguished career at University of Illinois at Chicago, Don Marshall assumes the Fletcher Jones Chair of Great Books.

Israel Rodriguez, director of Hispanic Affairs at Seaver, was selected to serve on the board of the Region I Homeland Security Advisory Council (H-SAC). The mission of H-SAC is to provide direct interaction among senior executives from industry and the community with law enforcement and public safety services in support of homeland security, civil protection, and critical infrastructure protection.

Seaver College Alumni Career Program Manager Greta Couper was the recipient of three awards in Alumni Relations and Career Services at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education 2002 District VII Conference in Anaheim, California.

Larry HornbakerExecutive Vice Chancellor Larry Hornbaker retired in December 2002 after serving the University for more than thirty-three years. He arrived at Pepperdine in 1969 shortly before the initiative for the Malibu campus was begun. He was an important part of the effort to raise funds for the building of the campus.

At the Annual Faculty Staff Appreciation Dinner on April 5, 2003, the "Employee of the Year" award was given to John E. Baker, communications facilitator at GSEP in West Los Angeles. He has staffed the front desk at GSEP for twelve years, during which time he has provided administrative support with a smile and a consistent willingness to help.

James Q. Wilson, author of several influential works on the nature of human morality, government, and criminal justice issues, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush in a White House ceremony on July 23, 2003. The award is the nation's highest civil honor. Wilson currently serves as the Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine's School of Public Policy. He has enjoyed a long career in public policy and has held professorships at both Harvard and UCLA.

In March, the Honorable Sam Alito, judge for the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, was the distinguished jurist-in-residence at the School of Law. He lectured in several classes on topics including "Domestic Response to Terrorism and the Constitution" and "How Judges Make Decisions and What Influences Them."