Senior Administration

Andrew K. Benton

Andrew K. Benton

President and Chief Executive Officer

Following a desire to work with young people in their pursuit of higher education, Andrew K. Benton embarked on a career path that led to his current role as the seventh president of Pepperdine University. Prior to becoming president in 2000, Andy served as Pepperdine's executive vice president and chief operational officer. Andy enjoys teaching courses on a regular basis and is deeply involved in the lives of students. He is active in many organizations including the Board of Directors for the Employers Group of California and the executive committee for the West Coast Conference. Most recently, Andy is the vice chair/chair-elect of the board of directors of the American Council on Education (ACE), the major coordinating body for all of the nation's higher education institutions.

Charles B. Runnels

Charles B. Runnels

Chancellor Emeritus

This year Charles B. Runnels celebrates his 40th anniversary as a member of the Pepperdine community. Since 2006, Charlie has served as Chancellor Emeritus, where his primary focus is to maintain relationships with Pepperdine Associates, University Board members, and others, and to bring new friends into the Pepperdine family. Charlie began his career with Pepperdine in 1967, serving on a committee whose work resulted in the establishment of the Malibu campus in 1971. He served as vice chancellor for many years before becoming chancellor in 1985.

Darryl L. Tippens

Darryl L. Tippens

Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Darryl Tippens has ably served as Pepperdine's provost since 2001. As the chief academic officer, Darryl provides academic leadership to the University and its five schools and colleges, and devotes significant time to issues of academic planning, program development, and the advancement of scholarship. Darryl has been a devoted servant of academia for more than 30 years. Prior to joining the Pepperdine family, he was the James W. Culp Distinguished Professor of English at Abilene Christian University. Darryl is also a prolific writer and has published numerous articles and books, including his two most recent top sellers, Pilgrim Heart: The Way of Jesus in Everyday Life and Shadow and Light: Literature and the Life of Faith.

Gary A. Hanson

Gary A. Hanson

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Gary Hanson has a long history with Pepperdine dating back to 1980, when he graduated from the Pepperdine School of Law. He joined the legal staff at Pepperdine in 1982 and became general counsel in 1984. He was appointed vice president and general counsel in 2000, and since 2006, has had the added responsibility of being chief operating officer, who oversees a wide variety of campus operations. Gary has also taught courses at both the School of Law and Seaver College.

Charles J. (Jeff) Pippin

Charles J. (Jeff) Pippin

Senior Vice President for Investments and Chief Investment Officer

Jeff Pippin has been a vital member of the Pepperdine family since 1981. He most recently served for six years as vice president for finance and administration before being appointed to his current role as senior vice president and chief investment officer in 2006. In this position, Jeff is responsible for management of University investment assets including endowment, general reserves, treasury, trusts and annuities, and real estate. He also serves as president of the University's three affiliated management and holding entities: Wave Enterprises, Wave Properties, and Wave Services. Additionally, Jeff serves on the board of the Common Fund, an organization dedicated to enhancing the financial resources of nonprofit institutions.

Nancy Magnusson Durham

Nancy Magnusson Durham

Senior Vice President for Planning, Information, and Technology

Since her appointment as vice president for planning, information, and technology in 2000, Nancy Magnusson Durham has been successfully leading the University's strategic planning efforts, which include developing a program for assessing educational effectiveness, enhancing and remodeling the University libraries, and providing the technology necessary for instruction and administration. Nancy began her career at Pepperdine in 1979 as an assistant professor of psychology at Seaver College. Since then she has served as the dean of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology and the director of the London program.

S. Keith Hinkle

S. Keith Hinkle

Vice President for Advancement and Public Affairs and Chief Development Officer

A graduate of the Pepperdine School of Law, Keith Hinkle joined Pepperdine's Center for Estate and Gift Planning in 2000 and later became associate vice chancellor. In 2006, Keith was appointed vice president for advancement and public affairs. His duties include overseeing alumni affairs, the annual fund, major gifts, donor services, planned giving, and public affairs. Licensed in the state of California as an attorney and a certified public accountant, Keith practiced tax law in Orange County, California, and also spent time as a public accountant in Nashville, Tennessee.