Senior Administration

Andrew K. Benton

Andrew K. Benton

President and Chief Executive Officer

Andrew K. Benton has served as the seventh president of Pepperdine University since 2000 and continues to lead Pepperdine to prominence among the nation’s top universities. A lawyer by training, President Benton cares deeply about the student and is often called “the Students’ President.” Benton currently serves as chair of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, on the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Council on Higher Education Accreditation, and the President’s Cabinet of the West Coast Conference. He is also past chair of the American Council on Education (ACE), the major coordinating body for all of the nation’s higher education institutions.

Prior to his presidency, Benton served in several key leadership roles at Pepperdine including executive vice president and vice president for university affairs and administration.

Darryl L. Tippens

Darryl L. Tippens

Provost and Chief Academic Officer

As the provost Tippens is Pepperdine University’s chief academic officer, providing academic leadership to the University and its five schools and colleges, as well as to the University libraries. The provost reports directly to the president and devotes significant time to issues of academic planning, program development, assessment, and the advancement of scholarship. In addition to the five schools of the University, the following areas report to the provost: the vice provost for academic administration; information technology; the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research; strategic planning; the Center for Faith and Learning; the Office of Disability Services; the Office of Sponsored Programs; and the University registrar/One Stop. He has been a scholar, instructor, and professor for over 30 years. Prior to joining Pepperdine University as provost in 2001, he was the James W. Culp Distinguished Professor of English and director of Graduate Studies in English at Abilene Christian University.

Gary A. Hanson

Gary A. Hanson

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Hanson presently serves as the University’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. His responsibilities in this role encompass broad operational, financial, budgeting, legal, regulatory, governmental, human resource, 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. He joined the legal staff at Pepperdine as associate general counsel in 1982 and became general counsel in 1984. He was appointed vice president and general counsel in 2000 overseeing the University’s legal, regulatory, insurance, risk, equal opportunity, and emergency operations, as well as serving as liaison to the governing board.

S. Keith Hinkle

S. Keith Hinkle

Senior Vice President for Advancement and Public Affairs and Chief Development Officer

Keith Hinkle serves as senior vice president for advancement and public affairs and chief development officer for Pepperdine University. Hinkle has overall responsibility for advancement at the University including alumni affairs, annual giving, major gifts, leadership gifts, advancement services, gifts and records, corporations and foundations, planned giving, donor relations, and events. He also has responsibility for public affairs including University marketing and communications and public relations and news. Prior to serving as vice president, Hinkle was associate vice chancellor and led Pepperdine’s Center for Estate and Gift Planning for six years. Hinkle is a licensed attorney and certified public accountant in the State of California. Hinkle serves on the board for the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the Church of Christ Foundation, and as vice president for Waves Services, Inc.

C. Jeff Pippin

Jeff Pippin

Senior Vice President for Investments and Chief Investment Officer

Pippin is the senior vice president and chief investment officer for Pepperdine University. He is responsible for the management of the University’s endowment, general reserves, treasury, trust and annuities, and real estate. He is a member of the president’s cabinet and is a liaison to the Board of Regents’ Investment Committee. He also serves as president of the University’s three affiliated management and holding entities. He is a CPA and began his career at Arthur Andersen before joining Pepperdine in 1981. He is a past board member of the Commonfund, a $30 billion registered investment advisor to nonprofits, and has served on the California State Treasurer’s Advisory Committee, as well as the Investment Committee for the West Coast Athletic Conference.