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Sharon Hargrave Named Director of the Boone Center for the Family

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Sharon Hargrave, a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in couples, families, and intergenerational issues, has been appointed the new director of the Boone Center for the Family, an organization established by the university in 1996 as a supportive force to help strengthen and promote healthy families.

Hargrave joins the Boone Center from Fuller Theological Seminary, where she is the founder and director of Strong Marriages/Successful Ministries—a ministry designed to help seminary students prepare their marriages for ministry. She also teaches as an adjunct instructor in the marriage and family therapy department. As director of the Boone Center, Hargrave will continue her role with Strong Marriages/Successful Ministries. Through her work there, she has been successful in receiving funding from foundations, grants, and private donors.

A California native who grew up in Texas, Hargrave holds a bachelor’s degree from Biola University and a master of arts degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Hargrave and her husband Terry, a professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, travel and speak nationally and internationally about marriage, forgiveness, and aging and caregiving to both professional audiences and various church and religious organizations.

“Pepperdine prides itself on its Christian heritage and its commitment to fostering healthy moral relationships leading to strong marriages and families,” says president Andy Benton. “As such, we are blessed to have acquired the skills and talents of such an accomplished marriage and family expert as Sharon. We are confident that she will both strengthen and enhance the Boone Center’s mission.”