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Pepperdine University

2023–2024 Board of Regents

The Board of Regents is the legal governing body and chief policy board of the University. Life Regents are recognized and honored for their extraordinary service as past Board of Regents members. The University administration works with the Board of Regents to shape policy and direction for the University. The leadership provided by these distinguished and committed men and women is greatly valued.

James A. Gash, JD '93
President and Chief Executive Officer
Pepperdine University

Alan Beard, '94, MPP '99
Chief Executive Officer

Dale A. Brown, '64
Moriah Group, Petroleum Strategies

Shelle Ensio
Engineer and Owner
Ballast Technologies

Seth A. Haye, '02
Managing Director
Morgan Stanley

Jeremy L. Johnson, '02, MBA '04
Fernandez Holdings, Inc.

Peter J. Johnson, Jr.
Leahey & Johnson, P.C.

Dennis S. Lewis, '65
President and Owner
Chesapeake Holding Company, LLC

John T. Lewis, '83 (Assistant Secretary)
J. Lewis Global Consulting LLC

Kimberly J. Lindley
Community Leader



Virginia F. Milstead, JD '04
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom LLP

Michael T. Okabayashi
Partner (Retired)
Ernst & Young LLP

John L. Plueger
Chief Executive Officer and President
Air Lease Corporation

Frederick L. Ricker (Vice Chair)
Vice President and General Manager (Retired)
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Dee Anna Smith, '86 (Chair)
Chief Executive Officer
Sarah Cannon

Cicely D. Simpson
Founder and CEO
Summit Public Affairs

Stephen M. Stewart
Stewart Brothers Properties LLC

R. Charles Walker, Jr., JD '15
General Counsel and Chief
Compliance Officer
Graham Healthcare Capital, LLC

Jay S. Welker (Secretary)
The Amahoro Fund

Eric S. Wolford, '88
Accel Partners




Life Regents

  • Joe R. Barnett
  • Sheila K. Bost
  • Thomas G. Bost
  • Jerry S. Cox
  • Terry M. Giles (JD '74)
  • Michelle R. Hiepler (JD '89)
  • Gail E. Hopkins ('66, MA '74)
  • Jerry E. Hudson
  • John D. Katch ('60)
  • Eff W. Martin
  • James R. Porter
  • Russell L. Ray, Jr.
  • Travis E. Reed
  • Susan F. Rice (EdD '86)
  • Carol Richards
  • B. Joseph Rokus ('76)
  • Rosa Mercado Spivey
  • William W. Stevens, Jr.
  • Thomas J. Trimble
  • J. McDonald Williams