Charles B. Runnels
Charles Runnels began his career with Pepperdine in 1967 by serving on a committee whose work resulted in the establishment of the Malibu campus in 1971. He served as vice chancellor from 1971 to 1984 at which time he became chancellor. During his tenure as chancellor, Dr. Runnels led two highly successful campaigns—"Wave of Excellence” and “Challenged to Lead." On January 1, 2006, he assumed the role of Chancellor Emeritus, eliminating only a few administrative daily responsibilities. He continues to work closely with Pepperdine's closest friends and leads the University Board.