Letter from the Editor
When Bill Banowsky first laid eyes on what would become Pepperdine’s home in Malibu, the rugged landscape hardly resembled the campus we know today. With little more than dirt and potential, the original 138 acres appeared before that future Pepperdine president and his colleagues as an empty canvas, primed for transformation.
A providential string of events and circumstances brought Pepperdine University to Malibu; we call it the “Malibu Miracle.” Banowsky, Norvel Young, and fellow miracle makers brought together the remarkable people, resources, and skills needed to make the move a reality. But their most important contribution was vision.
In this issue of Pepperdine Magazine, we share Banowsky’s eyewitness account of the vision it took to turn a bare mountainside into one of the nation’s most beautiful campuses. In the same spirit, we recognize members of the Pepperdine community who see more than meets the eye, bringing new and unexpected ideas to life.
And as we kick off the second volume of Pepperdine Magazine, we salute the visionaries among you, our readers. We hope you’ll visit magazine.pepperdine.edu and tell us your story.