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Gary Hanson Receives Dean Margaret Weber Capacity Builder Award


Gary Hanson (JD '80), executive vice president and chief operating officer of Pepperdine University, was recognized by the Work-Life Balance Conference steering committee at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology with the Dean Margaret Weber Capacity Builder Award. The award recognizes a Pepperdine leader (faculty, staff, or student) who supports workplace equality through his/her actions and who creates and maintains opportunities for everyone in their organization. 

The awards committee also recognized the long-term leadership of dean Margaret Weber as a capacity builder both within the Pepperdine community and in other organizations and educational institutions. The award was named in honor of her accomplishments.

A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Utah, Hanson received his JD from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1980. He joined the legal staff at Pepperdine as associate general counsel in 1982, and became general counsel in 1984. He was appointed vice president and general counsel in 2000 overseeing the University's legal, regulatory, insurance, risk, equal opportunity, and emergency operations, as well as serving as liaison to the governing board. Hanson has taught negotiation and settlement advocacy, legal research and writing, and education law at Pepperdine's School of Law, as well as business law, international communications, and negotiations at Seaver College. As the University's executive vice president and chief operating officer, his responsibilities encompass broad operational, financial, budgeting, legal, regulatory, governmental, human resource, construction and campus physical planning, physical plant, administrative, and related duties. He also serves as the University's assistant corporate secretary, and as a director of its U.K. Charity Corporation and Argentine Foundation.