Provost and Chief Academic Officer
In addition to the five schools of the University, the following areas report to the provost: the vice provost for academic administration; information technology; the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research; strategic planning; the Center for Faith and Learning; the Office of Disability Services; the Office of Sponsored Programs; and the University registrar/One Stop. As the provost, Rick R. Marrs is Pepperdine University's chief academic officer, providing academic leadership to the University and its five schools and colleges, as well as the University libraries. The provost reports directly to the president and devotes significant time to issues of academic planning, program development, assessment, and the advancement of scholarship.
Prior to becoming provost, Marrs served as a faculty member, chair of the Religion Division, associate dean, and dean of Seaver College. He has taught at Pepperdine since 1987 in the areas of Old Testament studies and ancient languages. His primary research and publishing areas are the Prophets, Psalms, and Wisdom Literature of ancient Israel. Before joining the Pepperdine community, he taught at Stevenson University, the Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary's Seminary (1979-84), and the Austin Graduate School of Theology (1984-87). Marrs has a BA with summa cum laude honors in New Testament Greek (1973), and Master of Divinity (1976) from Abilene Christian University. He completed his PhD in Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University (1982).