Gary A. Hanson
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Gary Hanson (JD '80) is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Pepperdine University.
Hanson joined the legal staff at Pepperdine University as associate general counsel in 1982, and became general counsel in 1984. He was appointed vice president and general counsel in 2000 overseeing the University's legal, regulatory, insurance, risk, equal opportunity, and emergency operations, as well as serving as liaison to the governing board. Hanson has taught negotiation and settlement advocacy, legal research and writing, and education law at Pepperdine's School of Law, as well as business law, international communications, and negotiations at Seaver College.
As the University's executive vice president and chief operating officer, Hanson's responsibilities encompass broad operational, financial, budgeting, legal, regulatory, governmental, human resource, construction and campus physical planning, physical plant, administrative and related duties. He also serves as the University's assistant corporate secretary and as a director of its UK Charity Corporation and Argentine Foundation.
Hanson is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Utah. He received his JD from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 1980.