Pepperdine 2014 Annual Report

Pepperdine University's Academic Deans

Science Lab

Deanell Reece Tacha


Dean, School of Law

Tacha was named the Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the School of Law in 2011. She has been a circuit judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, since January 1986. She served as chief judge from January 2001 through 2007. Tacha previously served in numerous academic capacities at the University of Kansas and practiced law in Washington, D.C.

James R. Wilburn


Dean, School of Public Policy

Wilburn is founding dean of the School of Public Policy, launched in 1997. The author of books on American history, business management, and faith and public policy, he was appointed by Ronald Reagan to chair the CFTR Education Foundation, and also served on the U.S. Committee to Assist Russian Reform, cosponsored by the United States and the Russian Federation. Throughout four decades at Pepperdine, Wilburn's leadership roles included provost, dean of the business school, and vice president for university affairs.

Helen E. Williams


Dean, Graduate School of Education and Psychology

Williams has served two decades in higher education leadership and was appointed dean of the Graduate School in June 2014. Prior to Pepperdine Williams held the deanship at the School of Education at Azusa Pacific University, where she successfully led school reaccreditation efforts and initial accreditation for the Azusa's school psychology program, established their emerging-technology center, and developed an international visiting scholar program.

Michael E. Feltner


Interim Dean, Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences

Feltner is the interim dean of Seaver College and a professor of sports medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and has served on the editorial board of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and the Journal of Applied Biomechanics. Feltner came to Pepperdine in 1988 and has served as president of the Seaver College faculty association, chair of the Natural Science Division, and associate dean of Seaver College.

Mark S. Roosa


Dean of Libraries

Dean of Pepperdine's libraries since 2004, Roosa directs libraries on the Malibu campus and throughout the Los Angeles area, leading their efforts to provide seamless access to both print and digital resources essential for learning, teaching, and research. Prior to joining Pepperdine, Roosa served as director for preservation at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

David M. Smith


Interim Dean, Graziadio School of Business and Management

Prior to being named interim dean in 2014 upon Graziadio School dean Linda Livingstone's departure, Smith served as associate dean for eight years at the business school, most recently as senior associate dean. In this role, he had primary oversight for the faculty at the Graziadio School, and was instrumental in launching the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, along with the school's online MBA program.