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Andrew K. Benton

Andrew K. Benton - Pepperdine University

President Emeritus

Andrew K. Benton is President Emeritus of Pepperdine University.

He served as the seventh president of Pepperdine University from 2000–2019. A lawyer by training, Benton regularly taught courses at the University and was deeply involved in the lives of students—often being called "the students' president."

Benton is a highly respected voice on issues of higher education having offered testimony on proposals for improving transparency in higher education before the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development. Benton is a recognized leader in the nation’s two largest convening organizations for higher education, serving as chair of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and former chair of the American Council on Education (ACE), the major coordinating body for all of the nation's higher education institutions. Benton is also past chair of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities and a member of the American Bar Association, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the President’s Cabinet of the West Coast Conference, the Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAPICU), and the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.

Benton is a 1974 graduate and distinguished alumnus of Oklahoma Christian University with a degree in American studies. He earned his law degree from Oklahoma City University in 1979 and was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Law.