Senior Vice Chancellor
Keith Hinkle (JD '97) is a senior vice chancellor at Pepperdine University. He works closely with the president, chancellor, vice president for advancement, and other University stakeholders, in engaging friends and alumni to support the University's highest strategic priorities. Hinkle believes deeply in a "faith and reason" model for higher education that is foundational to the Pepperdine experience.
Prior to serving as senior vice chancellor, Hinkle was senior vice president for advancement and public affairs for almost 15 years and associate vice chancellor leading Pepperdine's Center for Estate and Gift Planning for six years. Prior to his service at Pepperdine, he earned a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1990 from David Lipscomb College in Nashville, Tennessee. He then spent four years in public accounting in Nashville working in both audit and tax. He moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1994 to attend the Pepperdine School of Law, where he earned a JD in 1997. Hinkle practiced law for three years in Newport Beach, California, first in private practice, and then at the corporate office of a major life insurance carrier. His areas of expertise include tax, business transactions, banking, publishing, estate planning, deferred compensation, and charitable planning. He is a licensed attorney in the State of California, admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the US District Court for the Central District of California, and is a (inactive) certified public accountant (CPA). Hinkle has served on several boards and councils over the last 20 years and currently serves as president of the Church of Christ Foundation, as a board member for the City of Children, an orphanage in Ensenada, Mexico, and as chairman and president for Waves Services, Inc.
Hinkle and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Westlake Village and have three children, Jackson, Maegan, and Matthew. They attend the Conejo Valley Church of Christ.