Academic Deans

This year Pepperdine was excited to welcome a new dean to the School of Law: distinguished jurist Deanell Reece Tacha, who served for more than 25 years as a circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. Also reaching an important milestone was School of Public Policy dean James R. Wilburn, who celebrated 40 remarkable years at Pepperdine this spring.

Linda A. Livingstone

Linda A. Livingstone
Dean, Graziadio School of Business and Management

Livingstone has served as dean of the Graziadio School of Business and Management since 2002. During her tenure the school has increased international partnerships to over 35 worldwide; established the E2B (Education to Business) Live Case Program; launched the Dean's Executive Leadership Series; added degree programs in applied finance, entrepreneurship, global business, and management and leadership; and added a certificate in Social, Environmental, and Ethical Responsibility (SEER).


Rick R. Marrs

Rick R. Marrs
Dean, Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences

A member of the Pepperdine Religion Division faculty since 1987, Marrs was named dean of Seaver College in 2008. He served as the Blanche E. Seaver Professor of Religion from 2001 to 2006. Marrs is regarded as an exceptional scholar of the Old Testament and the literature of the ancient Near East with knowledge of Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, Phoenician, and Ugaritic, and in the study of the Dead Sea Scrolls.


Mark S. Roosa

Mark S. Roosa
Dean of Libraries

Dean of Pepperdine's libraries since 2004, Roosa directs libraries on the Malibu campus and throughout the Los Angeles area, leading their efforts to provide seamless access to both print and digital resources essential for learning, teaching, and research. Prior to joining Pepperdine, Roosa served as director for preservation at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and chief conservation officer at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California.


Deanell Reece Tacha

Deanell Reece Tacha
Dean, School of Law

Tacha was named the Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law in 2011. She has been a circuit judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, since January 1986. She served as chief judge from January 2001 through 2007. Tacha previously served in numerous academic capacities at the University of Kansas and practiced law in Washington, D.C. She has represented the judiciary of the United States internationally on several occasions.


Margaret J. Weber

Margaret J. Weber
Dean, Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Dean of GSEP for 10 years, Weber has published work on the socialization of graduate students and faculty development. Under her leadership, GSEP launched its Urban Initiative program in 2006. She serves as director for GSEP's newest master's program, the master of arts in social entrepreneurship and change, which responds to leading with purpose through service. Weber's current research focuses on The Women's Project: Work-Life Balance, which takes a global view of women and leadership.


James R. Wilburnn

James R. Wilburn
Dean, School of Public Policy

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. Throughout his four decades at Pepperdine, Wilburn has served in several leadership roles including provost, dean of the business school, and vice president for University Affairs.