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W. David Baird, Ph.D. 
Dean Emeritus of Seaver College and the Howard A. White Professor of History
Seaver College

Phone: (310) 506-4156
E-mail: david.baird@pepperdine.edu
Location: Malibu Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • History of the American West
  • Native Americans
  • History of Oklahoma
  • Churches of Christ in Oklahoma

Prior to joining Pepperdine University's Seaver College in 1988, David Baird served on the history faculty at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and Oklahoma State University. Baird's scholarly interests focus mainly on the history of the American West and especially the history of Native Americans. In this field, he has authored or edited 12 books, 12 articles and 42 papers. His most notable books include Peter Pitchlynn: Chief of the Choctaws, The Quapaw Indians: A History of the Downstream People, The Story of Oklahoma and Oklahoma: A History.

Baird has served as national president of the Western History Association and Phi Alpha Theta, and he currently serves as executive director of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association. A native of Edmond, Oklahoma, Baird earned his master's and doctoral degrees in history and geography from the University of Oklahoma, Norman.

Media Contact Information

Office of Public Relations
Pepperdine University
Direct: (310) 506-4138
E-mail: pr@pepperdine.edu
 


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James R. Wilburn, Ph.D. 
Dean of the School of Public Policy
School of Public Policy

Phone: (310) 506-7490
E-mail: james.wilburn@pepperdine.edu
Location: Malibu Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • American history
  • Business ethics
  • Corporate governance
  • Tax reform
  • Russian reform

James R. Wilburn has served as dean of Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy since September 1996. Before joining the School of Public Policy, Wilburn served as dean of Pepperdine's Graziadio School of Business and Management for 12 years and was a professor of strategy. During Wilburn's years as dean of the business school, it moved more aggressively into international business and started five new academic programs with the nation's foremost program for mid-career adults and the largest MBA program west of Chicago.

Wilburn has extensive experience in public policy, both internationally and domestically. He served as co-chairman of the U.S. Committee to Assist Russian Reform, a program funded by the U.S. Department of State. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to head the board of the CFTR Education Foundation. He also has served as corporate director of several companies in the United States and Europe.

Wilburn has appeared as an expert commentator on newscasts and shows including KNX 1070 Newsradio in Los Angeles, KTLA-TV, FOX-TV, NPR and Voice of America.He has been quoted in several publications including the Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor.

Media Contact Information

Office of Public Relations
Pepperdine University
Direct: (310) 506-4138
E-mail: pr@pepperdine.edu
Christina Ramirez
Manager of Communication
School of Public Policy
Direct: (310) 506-7497
E-mail: christina.ramirez@pepperdine.edu

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