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Campaign for Pepperdine Holds 2012 All-Committee Campaign Conference

2012 All-Committee Campaign Conference

"The success of the campaign is present in this room," acclaimed Pepperdine president Andrew K. Benton, encouraging campaign committee members to use their unique abilities to draw in new friends who are essential to the campaign's ongoing success. Pepperdine's CEO was addressing more than 100 of the 125 campaign committee members gathered in mid-February at the California Club in downtown Los Angeles. The second annual meeting of the campaign's volunteer leadership provided a rare occasion for collaboration and strategic planning.

Keith Hinkle (JD '97), senior vice president for advancement and public affairs, shared campaign benchmarks, crediting the efforts of the volunteers for exceptional giving the last two years of $51 million and $61 million respectively. "Our inspired and empowered volunteer committees are key to our success," Keith said.

"These dedicated individuals who love the University and our students are bringing their talents, time, and treasure to bear on the success of the campaign."

Campaign vice chair Tim Phillips ('87) introduced each of the seven campaign committee leaders. Seaver College co-chair John Lewis ('83) reported on the latest strides for his campaign committee, and new School of Public Policy chair Joe Czyzyk, replacing interim chair Pat Boone, updated that the school's campaign has already reached more than two-thirds of its goal with over $17 million raised.

Library chair Robert Barbera shared his committee's progress, with Pepperdine regent and athletics co-chair Joe Rokus ('76) sharing updates about the University Events Center. Vice chair Susan Rice (EdD '86) reported for the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, including its accolade of garnering the most research awards of any school at Pepperdine last year.

Individual reports concluded with chair Marcus Hiles (MBA '92) reporting significant successes for the Graziadio School, and co-chair Barbara Jones (JD '89) proudly announced that the School of Law has already exceeded its robust campaign goal of $56.25 million.