Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Jay Brewster began his term as Pepperdine's provost and chief academic officer on August 1, 2021. The provost reports directly to the president, provides academic leadership to the University and its five schools and colleges, and devotes significant time to issues of academic planning, program development, assessment, and the advancement of scholarship.
The provost also oversees critical University departments each supporting student and faculty academic endeavors, including the Center for Faith and Learning, Information Technology, the Institute for Entertainment, Media, Sports, and Culture, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, the Office of the Registrar and OneStop, the Office of Student Accessibility, and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and Student Affairs.
Prior to becoming provost, Brewster joined the Pepperdine faculty in 1997 as an assistant professor of biology at Seaver College. Throughout his nearly 25 years of service to Pepperdine, Brewster was a dedicated teacher and administrator. Beyond his service on numerous University committees, including the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence selection committee, Brewster also served as the divisional dean of the Natural Science Division of Seaver College.
Brewster's dedication to students and their academic growth has been recognized at the University for many years. He is a 2006 recipient of the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence. In 2010, in recognition of his nationally acclaimed scholarship, he was named the Frank R. Seaver Professor in Natural Science. Beyond guiding students in the classroom, Brewster has demonstrated a commitment to students' spiritual development as an elder of the University Church of Christ.
Brewster earned his bachelor's degree in science education from Lubbock Christian University. He earned his PhD in cell biology and biochemistry from Rice University, which he followed with a postdoctoral fellowship at McLaughlin Research Institute for Biomedical Sciences.
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