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Office of the Provost

Darryl Tippens - Provost

Darryl Tippens

The provost is the chief academic officer, providing academic leadership to the University and its five schools and colleges. The provost reports directly to the president and devotes significant time to issues of academic planning, program development, and the advancement of scholarship.

Dr. Darryl Tippens has been a scholar, instructor, and professor for over 30 years. Prior to joining Pepperdine University as provost in 2001, he was formerly the James W. Culp Distinguished Professor of English at Abilene Christian University. He has also served as chair of the Division of Language and Literature at Oklahoma Christian University.

Dr. Tippens received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University and did post-doctoral study at Yale University, University of Kansas, University of Chicago, and Johns Hopkins University. His academic interests include Shakespeare studies, 17th-century English literature, and spirituality and literature. Dr. Tippens has published articles on Shakespeare, Milton, and the Bible as literature, and is co-editor of Shadow and Light, an anthology of literature. His most recent book is Pilgrim Heart: The Way of Jesus in Everyday Life.

For copies of select speeches and articles by Dr. Tippens, please see the following:

"Living on Fault Lines" 

"Pepperdine, Picasso, and the Idea of a Christian University"

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