Pepperdine 2014 Annual Report

2014 Senior Administration


Andrew K. Benton


President and Chief Executive Officer

Benton has served as the seventh president of Pepperdine University since 2000 and continues to lead the institution to prominence among the nation's top universities. A lawyer by training, President Benton is the immediate past-chair of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities and is engaged as a member of both the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the President's Cabinet of the West Coast Conference.

Rick R. Marrs


Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Appointed provost in 2014 after serving as dean of Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences since 2008, Marrs is Pepperdine University's chief academic officer, providing academic leadership to the University and its five schools and colleges, as well as the University libraries. The provost devotes significant time to issues of academic planning, program development, assessment, and the advancement of scholarship. A member of the Pepperdine Religion Division faculty since 1987, Marrs served as the Blanche E. Seaver Professor of Religion from 2001 to 2006 and chair of the Religion Division and associate dean of Seaver College.

Gary A. Hanson


Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Hanson presently serves as the University's executive vice president and chief operating officer. His responsibilities in this role encompass broad operational, financial, budgeting, legal, regulatory, governmental, human resource, construction and campus physical planning, physical plant, administrative, and related duties. He joined the legal staff at Pepperdine as associate general counsel in 1982 and became general counsel in 1984. He was appointed vice president and general counsel in 2000 overseeing the University's legal, regulatory, insurance, risk, equal opportunity, and emergency operations, as well as serving as liaison to the governing board.

S. Keith Hinkle


Senior Vice President for Advancement and Public Affairs and Chief Development Officer

Hinkle serves as senior vice president for advancement and public affairs and chief development officer for Pepperdine University. He has overall responsibility for advancement at the University, including alumni affairs, annual giving, major gifts, leadership gifts, advancement services, gifts and records, corporations and foundations, planned giving, donor relations, and events. He also has responsibility for public affairs including university marketing, communications, public relations, and news.

Jeff Pippin


Senior Vice President for Investments and Chief Investment Officer

Pippin is the senior vice president and chief investment officer for Pepperdine University. He is responsible for the management of the University's endowment, general reserves, treasury, trust and annuities, and real estate. Pippin, who joined Pepperdine in 1981, is a member of the president's cabinet and is a liaison to the Board of Regents' investment committee. He also serves as president of the University's three affiliated management and holding entities.