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Pepperdine University seeks an experienced and visionary leader to serve as the inaugural dean of its School of Nursing and invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications. 

Pepperdine plans for the School of Nursing (SON) to begin operations in August, 2025, within its planned new College of Health Sciences. Aligned with the mission and vision of Pepperdine University, both the college and school will commit their programs to the highest standards of academic excellence, clinical preparation, and Christian values in order to develop skilled and caring healthcare professionals who are prepared to lead while serving humankind. Pending approval by the University’s Board of Regents, the college will offer a wide range of healthcare programs including nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and physician assistant. Additional allied health programs are also under consideration. The college’s academic programs will operate from Pepperdine’s Malibu and Calabasas campus locations.

Working alongside University and college leaders, the dean of the SON will provide wisdom-based leadership and strategic direction for the school while innovatively developing, launching, and evolving three planned nursing programs: the Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN), an entry-level master’s (ELM) in nursing, and a doctorate of nursing practice (DNP).

Interested individuals are encouraged to review the complete position profile

The executive search firm Carter Baldwin is supporting Pepperdine University in the search process for the dean of its School of Nursing. All nominations, expressions of interest, and applications should be submitted to PepperdineNursing@carterbaldwin.com and will be treated with complete confidentiality. To apply, candidates should submit a curriculum vitae to the aforementioned email address. 

More information regarding the search will be forthcoming. Confidential inquiries and questions concerning this search may be directed to:

Stephanie Steele, PhD

Corey Dortch, PhD