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TO:         Pepperdine Community

FROM:   Andrew K. Benton, President

       Darryl Tippens, Provost

DATE:    September 17, 2013

RE:        Dean Margaret Weber to Retire

Since 2001, Margaret Weber has served as dean of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, leading this fine school with vision, talent, and care.

Margaret has decided to retire from her position as dean at the end of the academic year. She will, however, continue to serve until her successor has been found.

Throughout her years in leadership, Margaret has led an outstanding and diverse faculty to strengthen and shape the GSEP mission and distinguish the school among its peers in higher education. She has stabilized enrollment at the school, increased funding through foundations and grants, overseen growth in psychology programs, developed blended learning platforms, and successfully steered the teacher education programs during a time of tremendous change in the industry.

Under her leadership, GSEP established its Diversity Council, launched its Urban Initiative program, and opened Aliento: The Center for Latina/o Communities.

Margaret has served as director for GSEP's newest master's program, the master of arts in social entrepreneurship and change, which emphasizes leading with purpose through service. Her current research also focuses on The Women's Project: Work-Life Balance, which takes a global view of women and leadership.

Please join me in thanking Margaret for her wonderful service to Pepperdine and the lasting impact she has made on this institution. We wish Margaret and her family all the best in this new journey.