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Vice President for Community Belonging and Chief Diversity Officer Search

Pepperdine University is seeking a vice president for community belonging and chief diversity officer (vice president for community belonging) to implement and advance the University's aspirational goals related to diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

Search Milestones

Date Event


Search committee begins review of applicants


Search committee meets to review applicant pool


CarterBaldwin Executive Search conducts first phase of candidate interviews


Search committee meets to determine secondary interview pool


Search committee interviews candidates to determine finalists


Committee conducts second round of interviews to bring forward recommendation of three to five candidates to the president

Search Committee


  • Lauren Cosentino ('97, MBA '12), Vice President of Campus Operations and Human Resources
  • Helen Easterling Williams, Dean, Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Committee Members

  • Sharon Beard, Associate Dean of Student Affairs for Community Standards
  • Danny DeWalt, Vice President and Chief of Staff
  • Connie Horton ('82), Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Rebecca Kim, Frank R. Seaver Chair in Social Science, Seaver College
  • Payton Silket ('20), Student, School of Public Policy
  • Mark Anthony Tribbitt, Associate Professor, Graziadio Business School
  • Emilia Vieira, Student, Seaver College
  • Eric Wilson, Preaching Minister, University Church of Christ
  • Maria Wright (EdD '19), Director of Talent Management, Graduate School of Education and Psychology


CarterBaldwin Executive Search 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:

Price Harding

Andrea McDaniel Smith

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 vice president for community belonging. 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.