Senior Administration

The senior administration and deans of Pepperdine humbly serve the University with knowledge, skill, and dedication to its mission. Pepperdine's many longstanding leaders hold the institution to a sure and steady course, while new faces infuse the school with fresh energy and perspective.

Andrew K. Benton

Andrew K. Benton
President and Chief Executive Officer

Benton has served Pepperdine as the chief executive officer since 2000. Prior to this role, he held the position of executive vice president for over nine years. Benton teaches courses within the University on a regular basis and is deeply involved in the lives of students. He is active in many legal, educational, athletic, and community organizations, including the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the American Council on Education, for which he chaired the board of directors 2008–2009.


Darryl L. Tippens

Darryl L. Tippens
Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Tippens has been a literary scholar, instructor, and professor for over 30 years. As chief academic officer, he provides overall direction and leadership to the academic programs in each of the University's five schools. During his 11 years as provost, Tippens has been a steady voice for the essential and historic link between scholarship and faith. Under his guidance, Pepperdine's commitment to teaching and research, as well as the formation of new programs and centers, have increased significantly.


Gary A. Hanson

Gary A. Hanson
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Hanson's responsibilities encompass broad operational, financial, budgeting, legal, regulatory, governmental, human resources, construction and campus physical planning, physical plant, administrative, and related duties. He also serves as the University's assistant corporate secretary and as a director of its U.K. Charity Corporation and Argentine Foundation. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Utah, Hanson received his JD from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1980.


Charles J. (Jeff) Pippin

Charles J. (Jeff) Pippin
Senior Vice President for Investments and Chief Investment Officer

Pippin, who focuses his full attention on Pepperdine's investments, is responsible for the management of the University's endowment, general reserves, treasury, trust and annuities, and real estate. His work with the investment committee within the Board of Regents offers a unique opportunity for the growth and strengthening of Pepperdine's financial future. A CPA (license currently inactive) with extensive experience in finance, Pippin came to Pepperdine in 1981, was appointed chief financial officer in 1991, and named vice president in 2000.


S. Keith Hinkle

S. Keith Hinkle
Senior Vice President for Advancement and Public Affairs and Chief Development Officer

As a CPA (license currently inactive) and attorney, Hinkle spent several years in public accounting and practicing law. He is a 1997 alumnus of the School of Law and returned to Pepperdine in 2000 as director for the Center for Estate and Gift Planning. Hinkle oversees fundraising, alumni affairs, and public affairs. He also serves on the board of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and the Ventura County Economic Development Association.