President's Report 2019: Charting the Climb
In 1937, as George Pepperdine delivered the dedication address that signaled the opening of a new Christian college in Los Angeles and the beginning of the greatest accomplishment of his life, he remarked on the power of faith as the driving force of young men and women determined to make an impact on the world. He said, "An educated man without religion is like a ship without a rudder or a powerful automobile without a steering gear."
Indeed, charting Pepperdine's climb to become a premier Christian university could not be possible without a global vision, an inspiring mission, a glorious dream, and a transformative idea rooted in both faith and scholarship. Our collective dreams for the next chapter of Pepperdine are so grand and unbounded that they are like a mighty mountain beckoning us to climb. An endeavor of this magnitude requires faith, courage, and creativity, and attempting to climb a steep and unfamiliar mountain often exposes us to unavoidable opposition and challenges to growth, unforeseeable setbacks, and strenuous conditions.
As students prepare for lives of purposeful leadership and global citizenship, they must receive the mental, physical, and spiritual conditioning that allows them to plot their route, train for a variety of circumstances, measure risks, and practice for the great expedition. Preparing scholars for lives of great impact also requires an academic culture that refuses to compromise on the rigor, scholarship, and mentoring that it takes to shape exceptional leaders.
Students must be trained by people of deep conviction with uncompromising faith who dare to engage the world with the ambition to change it and to face the evil opposition to the advancement of good. Pepperdine is uniquely positioned to deliver on the promise of building and sending these leaders into the world by strengthening them intellectually, spiritually, and relationally with the power of God's truth and the promise of his unlimited grace.
Carrol and R. Rex Parris endowed the Parris Institute for Professional excellence with a $2 million gift. Established in 2014 with an initial gift of $1 million, the additional gift names the Parris Institute in perpetuity and firmly establishes the Parris family legacy at Pepperdine Caruso Law.
"We are humbled by the continued generosity of Rex and Carrol Parris in funding the critical work of the Parris Institute for Professional Excellence, which continues to provide one of the finest law school programs in ethical leadership training for our students," said Paul L. Caron, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean of the Caruso School of Law.
Percentage of international students across the entire student body
Pepperdine's eSports team won the West Coast Conference Preseason Invitational Championship during its inaugural appearance at the competition. The Seaver College program, led by faculty advisor Robb Bolton, director of campus recreation, formed in June 2019 and currently comprises 12 students.
The Student Success Center was recognized as a First Forward Institution for its First Wave program by the Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and the Suder Foundation. In April 2019 Pepperdine joined the inaugural cohort of First Forward Institutions to receive professional development, community-building experiences, and an early look at critical research.
Marissa Davis, director of student success at Seaver College, said, "The recognition will give Pepperdine the opportunity to network with other schools passionate about supporting their first-gen student population." With 16.5 percent of Pepperdine’s incoming class being first-gen students, "[the cohort] will provide a platform for sharing ideas, successes, and insights to provide a meaningful academic experience for our first-gen students."
The most applicants in Seaver College's history (Fall 2019)