Pepperdine Celebrates Founder's Day 2020 Online
On August 26, 2020, Pepperdine faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends gathered for a virtual Founder’s Day celebration via Livestream to commemorate the launch of the 2020–2021 academic year.
The ceremony began with a message from provost Rick R. Marrs, who celebrated founder George Pepperdine’s dream of Christian higher education and the purpose-driven servant leaders it has helped create and will create for generations to come. A tradition honored at each year’s event, newly appointed members of the Board of Regents Virginia Milstead (JD ’04), a prominent Los Angeles commercial litigation attorney, and Eric Johnson, the mayor of Dallas, read Pepperdine’s dedicatory address, which was first delivered at the dedication of George Pepperdine College on September 21, 1937.
Following an invocation by Pepperdine chancellor Sara Young Jackson (’74), president Jim Gash (JD ’93) shared how George Pepperdine’s words and actions continue to affirm the University’s vision and purpose 83 years later and reinforced the University’s commitment to fostering resilience, nurturing a culture of reconciliation and unity, and cultivating a community of belonging.