Academic Deans

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 40 worldwide; established the E2B (Education to Business) Live Case Consulting Program; launched the Dean’s Executive Leadership Series; developed the Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Project; added degree programs in applied finance, entrepreneurship, global business, accounting, and management and leadership; launched the On-Line MBA; and added a certificate in Socially, Environmentally, and Ethically Responsible (SEER) business strategy.

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 12 years, Weber’s research focuses on Women in Leadership: Work-Family Integration, and she chairs several dissertation committees around this topic. This initiative held its first conference in March 2013—“Celebrating Women’s Wisdom.” She serves as director for GSEP’s master of arts in social entrepreneurship and change program, which focuses on solutions to social issues from a grassroots perspective. She continues to emphasize the role of service in support of the Christian mission of the University.

James R. Wilburn

James R. Wilburn

Dean, School of Public Policy

Wilburn is the founding dean of the School of Public Policy, which was launched in 1997. 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.