President's Report 2019: The Summit
When Sir Edmund Hillary, a mountaineer and explorer from New Zealand, reached the top of Mount Everest—the highest mountain on earth that requires unimaginable skill to attempt and takes nearly two months to scale—he gazed across the valley toward the peak of Makalu, the fifth-highest mountain in the world, and mentally devised a plan to conquer his next climb. He later explained that while he was standing at the highest point above sea level after achieving what had once seemed impossible, he continued to look beyond to the next challenge, eyes fixed always on the horizon.
Hillary didn't climb alone. His defining moment, his greatest accomplishment, was experienced in tandem with Nepalese mountaineer Tenzing Norgay, who, along with Hillary, became one of the first two individuals to reach the top of the Himalayan peak in 1953.
At Pepperdine, we're renewing our focus to strengthen students intellectually, spiritually, and relationally so that they have the courage to pursue leadership and service where it matters most. Intellectually to think and see the world differently. Spiritually to have the faith and confidence of God's unfailing promises. And relationally to harness the character, courage, and connections to build uncompromising resilience in the face of life's challenges. As with any great undertaking, this attempt must be experienced and enjoyed together.
Why would we strive to be unique—to provide an experience and training for students
different from other institutions of higher education to reach the top of this enormous
mountain? Why climb at all? Because our mandate is to pour our resources into brilliant
leaders who seek truth and justice in whatever professions they are called to pursue.
Exceptional men and women of character who will influence the next generation of thinkers
and believers and awaken a movement of global leadership. Who examine the world through
both faith and intellectual inquiry and understand the power of both worship and wonder.
Who will reach the summit and ask . . .
"How far will I go next?"
If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge
of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life
itself—upward and forever upward—then you won't see why we go.
—Sir Edmund Hillary
Andrea Roberto won the Gold Medal at the fifth quadrennial Parkening International Guitar Competition on June 1, 2019. In addition to his medal, the Italian musician received the $30,000 Jack Marshall Prize. Alec Holcomb, a native of Tennessee, won the silver medal and received $15,000. Sergey Perelekhov of Russia was awarded the bronze medal and $7,500.
Value of FY19 net assets maintained by the university