Looking Back...

In Andrew K. Benton’s September 23, 2000 inaugural address, he upheld that, “We must remain committed to the people we are called to serve.” During the first five years of his administration, President Benton has persevered in doing just that in leading the University’s continued rise to prominence among the nation’s most respected universities. What follows is a glance back on several outstanding and tangible accomplishments that have bolstered the University in five areas that the President underscored in his inaugural address—strengthening our resources, diversity, connection to our heritage, sense of community, and our emphasis on scholarship and culture.


Moore Haus in Heidelerg, Germany

Moore Haus in Heidelerg, Germany, home to Seaver sudents since 1965, begins a much-needed restoration.

Thomas J. Trimble

Thomas J. Trimble begins a distinguished four-year term as Board of Regents chairman.

Dr. Darryl L. Tippens

Dr. Darryl L. Tippens, the James W. Culp Professor of English at Abilene Christian University, is selected as provost.

Dr. Margaret J. Weber

Dr. Margaret J. Weber, previously an Oklahoma State University associate dean, is named dean of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP).

Graduate facility in Irvine

The 55,000 square-foot state-of-the-art graduate facility in Irvine is dedicated.


Christopher Parkening

World-renowned classical guitarist Christopher Parkening is named Distinguished Faculty Member.

The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is keynote speaker at the School of Law dinner.

Dr. Linda Livingstone

Leaving Baylor University, Dr. Linda Livingstone becomes dean of the Graziadio School of Business and Management.

Dr. Stephen Davis

The University's largest National Science Foundation grant is awarded to Dr. Stephen Davis.

General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

General H. Norman Schwarzkopf addresses 26th Anual Pepperdine Associates Dinner guests.


The Heroes Garden

The one-ear anniversary of "9/11" marks the site dedication for the Heroes Garden.

The Center for Communication and Business

The Center for Communication and Business, home to Seaver's two largest divisions, is dedicated.

Casa Holden

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, the student facility is dedicated, honoring benefactors Gloria and Glen Holden.


Drescher Graduate Campus

The new Drescher Graduate Campus and the Villa Graziadio Executive Center open on a spectacular 50.4-acre plateau overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Kenneth W. Starr

Former U.S. Solicitor General Kenneth W. Starr ecomes dean of Pepperdine's School of Law.

Stauffer Chapel

Construction and Campus Planning complete refurbishment of historic Stauffer Chapel.