Perhaps the University’s greatest strength is its tendency toward self-examination and its refusal to claim completion in any of its important tasks; thus, we do not suffer from the entropy of closure and conclusion. We aspire to provide light and service alongside many older, venerable institutions of higher education. We do, at times, demonstrate a sense of youthful urgency to leap over decades of experience, endowment development, and tradition characteristic of those universities with whom we wish to be compared. It would be well to recognize that as we ponder the path leading to our 75th year, that our relatively young age is more an advantage than a disadvantage.
Other strengths include the following:
If we are unique, it is by virtue of our youth, our deeply held commitments, and our readiness to respond to new opportunities. It is also because we have a clear view of the challenges ahead and the will and the dexterity to respond with alacrity.
The end of this document is, indeed, the beginning of what lies ahead for Pepperdine University in the next decade. The President will be accountable, but success will not be achieved without every leader, scholar, learner, staff member, and friend being committed to success in this effort to envision and insure a bold future for Pepperdine University. It is time to begin. In fact, it is now time to plan the 75th anniversary celebration, now just eleven years away, in a manner that will complete the vision articulated in this document. May God bless this endeavor and the people of this University.