Academic Deans

W. DAVID BAIRD

Dean, Seaver College

Since coming to Pepperdine in 1988, W. David Baird, the Howard White Professor of History, has served as the chair of the Humanities and Teacher Education Division and dean of Seaver College since 1998. In 1991, Baird served as a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. In 2004 Dr. Baird initiated the Seaver Honors program that links students with scholar-mentors who guide them through the rigorous application process for such prestigious awards as the Fulbright Scholarship, the Barry M. Goldwater Excellence in Education program, the Coro Fellows program, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and the Rotary Foundation.

LINDA A. LIVINGSTONE

Dean, Graziadio School of Business and Management

Dean Livingstone came to Pepperdine in 2002 and has worked to strengthen the Graziadio School’s mission of developing values-centered leaders for contemporary business practice. She has encouraged the expansion of the business school’s global network by increasing academic partnerships with more than 25 universities worldwide. In an effort to promote a greater exchange between the corporate world and the classroom, Dr. Livingstone launched the Education to Business program which has provided Graziadio School students the opportunity to consult with major corporations including Starbucks, Coca-Cola, and Raytheon.

KENNETH W. STARR

Dean, School of Law

Kenneth Starr has served as dean and professor of law at the School of Law since 2004. Just this year, he became the first to hold the Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean’s Chair named after the first benefactors to fully endow a dean’s chair at Pepperdine. In 2006, California Lawyer magazine named Dean Starr as a recipient of the prestigious Attorney of the Year award for his pro bono work in a Virginia clemency case. Since coming to Pepperdine, Dean Starr has strengthened the School of Law’s reputation and classroom experience by attracting nationally recognized scholars and professors from around the country who share the University’s mission of achieving academic excellence in the context of a Christian worldview.

MARGARET J. WEBER

Dean, Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Margaret Weber was named dean of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) in 2001. Dr. Weber has published work on the socialization of graduate students and faculty development. She is a strong advocate of the scholar-practitioner model of learning that emphasizes practical application as well as theory. In 2006 GSEP launched its Urban Initiatives program. This ambitious initiative is designed to prepare prospective educators and mental health workers to work effectively in urban communities, like Greater Los Angeles, that have unique challenges related to immigration, overpopulation, and poverty.

JAMES R. WILBURN

Dean, School of Public Policy

James Wilburn is the founding dean of the School of Public Policy, which was launched in 1996. He is the author of several books on American history, business management, and leadership. Having served as cochair of the U.S. Committee to Assist Russian Reform, he is widely considered an expert on the subject. Under Dean Wilburn’s leadership, the School of Public Policy provides students with additional exposure to current topics and policy thinkers through strategic alliances with neighboring policy centers such as graduate programs of the RAND Corporation, the Reason Public Policy Institute, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and the Pacific Research Council.

James Wilburn is the founding dean of the School of Public Policy, which was launched in 1996. He is the author of several books on American history, business management, and leadership. Having served as cochair of the U.S. Committee to Assist Russian Reform, he is widely considered an expert on the subject. Under Dean Wilburn’s leadership, the School of Public Policy provides students with additional exposure to current topics and policy thinkers through strategic alliances with neighboring policy centers such as graduate programs of the RAND Corporation, the Reason Public Policy Institute, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and the Pacific Research Council.