Vice President for Public Affairs and Church Relations and Chief Marketing Officer
Rick Gibson (MBA '09, PKE 121), serves Pepperdine as the vice president for public affairs and church relations and chief marketing officer. Since 2009 he has led Pepperdine's efforts to elevate the brand and reputation of the University, working directly with the president to shape the University's vision and advance Pepperdine's mission, interpreting it for various audiences, and providing message leadership through integrated marketing strategies.
In his church relations role, Gibson directs a team in the development of programming for church leaders and leads the office that produces Harbor, the annual Pepperdine Bible Lectures. Prior to joining the University in 1997, Gibson served for eleven years as a minister at the Mission Viejo Church of Christ in Orange County, California. An active volunteer in the community, he is a member of LA5 Rotary Club of Los Angeles, serving as president in 2020.
Gibson received his BA from California State University, Long Beach and his MBA from the Graziadio Business School.