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Pepperdine University Announces Leah Fullman as Inaugural Dean of Speech-Language Pathology Program



MALIBU, California – Pepperdine University has appointed Dr. Leah Fullman to serve as the first dean of the School of Speech-Language Pathology in the newly established College of Health Science. Dr. Fullman, the founding dean of the College of Health Sciences at Faulkner University and trustee of the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, will begin her appointment April 1, 2024. 

"Dr. Fullman brings a wealth of experience and a clear vision for the future of speech-language pathology. Her dedication to fostering academic excellence and her alignment with Pepperdine’s Christian mission to serve and lead with purpose makes her the ideal choice to spearhead this vital program,” said President Jim Gash.

During her tenure as the founding dean of the College of Health Sciences at Faulkner University, Dr. Fullman guided the strategic planning and development of seven health science programs, including a bachelor's in health sciences, master's in speech-language pathology, master's in physician assistant studies, doctor of physical therapy, and doctor of occupational therapy. She also led the creation of an online master's in speech-language pathology and PhD in health sciences.

“Joining Pepperdine University as the dean for speech-language pathology is a tremendous honor,” shared Dr. Fullman. “I look forward to contributing to a program that integrates rigorous academic training with the Christian values of service and leadership, preparing students to make a meaningful difference in their communities.”

Dr. Fullman, a distinguished alumna of the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, brings to Pepperdine a rich blend of academic leadership and clinical expertise. Her leadership was instrumental in developing comprehensive health science programs that have significantly contributed to the field. She has become a sought-after accreditation consultant for developing programs in the health sciences and a legal consultant for cases within her scope of practice. 

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Founded in 1937, Pepperdine University is an independent, Christian university located 30 miles west of Downtown Los Angeles in scenic Malibu, California. The University enrolls approximately 10,300 students across its flagship liberal arts school, Seaver College; the Caruso School of Law; the Graziadio Business School; the Graduate School of Education and Psychology; and the School of Public Policy. Pepperdine is committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. Follow Pepperdine on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


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