Deans | Pepperdine University


Michael Feltner - Pepperdine University

Michael Feltner

Seaver College


Feltner is the dean of Seaver College and professor of sports medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Biomechanics. Feltner came to Pepperdine in 1988, when he first served as chair of the Natural Science Division, and later as associate dean in 2011.

 Pete Peterson - Pepperdine University

Pete Peterson

School of Public Policy


Peterson is serving as the School of Public Policy's interim dean for the 2015-2016 school year. He is the executive director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership also based the School of Public Policy—a position he has held since 2010. Peterson is a board member for a number of California nonprofits focused on civic participation and political reform, and he was the 2014 Republican candidate for California Secretary of State.

Mark Roosa

Mark S. Roosa

Dean of Libraries


Dean of Pepperdine's libraries since 2004, Roosa directs libraries on the Malibu campus and throughout the Los Angeles area, leading their efforts to provide seamless access to both print and digital resources essential for learning, teaching, and research. Prior to joining Pepperdine, Roosa served as director for preservation at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Derek van Rensburg - Pepperdine University

Deryck J. van Rensburg

Graziadio School of Business and Management


Dean van Rensburg brings 32 years of international business experience to Graziadio as a former executive with The Coca-Cola Company and Unilever PLC, where he held roles in the USA, Germany, the UK, Austria, Greece, Romania, Belgium, and South Africa. Most recently, as president of global ventures at The Coca-Cola Company, van Rensburg was responsible for identifying and developing emerging beverage trends in both domestic and international markets, incubating internal innovation, and sourcing external growth through acquisition, entrepreneurial partnering, and equity investments.

Deanell Reece Tacha - Pepperdine University

Deanell Reece Tacha

School of Law


Tacha was named the Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law in 2011. She has been a circuit judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, since January 1986. She served as chief judge from January 2001 through 2007. Tacha previously served in numerous academic capacities at the University of Kansas and practiced law in Washington, D.C.

Helen E Williams - Pepperdine University

Helen E. Williams

Graduate School of Education and Psychology


Williams has served two decades in higher education leadership and was appointed dean of the Graduate School in June 2014. Prior to Pepperdine Williams held the deanship at the School of Education at Azusa Pacific University, where she successfully led school reaccreditation efforts and initial accreditation for the School Psychology Program, established the Emerging Technology Center, and developed an international visiting scholar program.