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Provost Search

Pepperdine University is seeking a new provost to succeed Dr. Rick R. Marrs, who will conclude his tenure at the close of the 2020–2021 academic year. The position is expected to begin in summer 2021.


Search Committee


  • April Marshall, Professor of Hispanic Studies, International Studies and Languages Division, Seaver College
  • Tim Perrin, Senior Vice President for Strategic Implementation

Committee Members

  • Sharon Beard, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Office of Community Standards
  • Lila Carlsen, Associate Provost and Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, International Studies and Languages Division, Seaver College
  • Kristy Collins ('04, MA '07), Dean of Enrollment Management, Seaver College, and Associate Provost, University Financial Assistance
  • Danny DeWalt, Vice President and Chief of Staff
  • Dyron Daughrity, Professor of Religion, Religion and Philosophy Division, Seaver College
  • Michael Feltner, Dean, Seaver College
  • Sara Jackson ('74), Chancellor
  • Connie James, Professor of Management, Business Administration Division, Seaver College
  • Hung Le ('87), Associate Vice President and University Registrar, Office of Student Information and Services
  • Ted McAllister, Edward L. Gaylord Chair, Professor, School of Public Policy
  • Bob McQuaid, Associate Professor of Information Systems Technology Management, Pepperdine Graziadio Business School
  • Daniel Rodriguez (BA '78, MA '81), Divisional Dean of Religion and Philosophy, Professor of Religion and Hispanic Studies, Seaver College
  • Shelley Saxer (BS '80), Laure Sudreau Endowed Professor of Law, Caruso School of Law
  • June Schmieder-Ramirez, Faculty, Program Director PhD Programs, Education Division, Graduate School of Education and Psychology



The executive search firm Storbeck Pimentel has been retained to assist the search committee. All inquiries, nominations, and applications (which include a letter of interest and curriculum vitae) should be directed in confidence to:

Storbeck Pimentel & Associates

Alberto Pimentel
Managing Partner

Emy Peña

Storbeck Pimentel & Associates
6512 Painter Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601

Refer to "Pepperdine-Provost" in the subject line.

Community Notice

In order to protect the privacy of candidates, the search process itself will be strictly confidential. However, the search committee welcomes comments and thoughts from members of the Pepperdine community on the qualities and qualifications they feel are important for the University's next provost to possess. In light of the importance of this appointment, we hope that the members of our community will share their concerns and preferences so that we may take them into consideration as we interview candidates.