This issue recognizes leaders who work both in the spotlight and behind the scenes. Our collection of 40 outstanding alumni features bridge builders, storytellers, and advocates who are truly and intentionally living out the University mission in their respective fields. School of Law professor Derek Muller shares his take on American politics and the 2016 presidential race and Graziadio School of Business and Management professor Bernice Ledbetter examines leadership from a perspective of faith.


In our inaugural list, see how extraordinary young alumni are making a difference in their communities and careers.
An election law expert shares his take on American politics and the 2016 presidential race.
A clinical psychology program at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology has graduated its first cohort of students trained to work with Latina/o families and communities.
In the second edition of her co-authored book, Graziadio School of Business and Management professor Bernice Ledbetter examines leadership from a perspective of faith.


A familiar sight beloved by Pepperdine students past and present, the curved staircase at the entrance of Payson Library has led thousands of visitors to the vast and limitless opportunities that have enriched their scholarship.


A biologist’s encounter with a wild animal leads to the exploration of a species new to New York City.
After watching his dental office burn to the ground, a George Pepperdine College alumnus started a new career in the Third World and widened his own worldview.
A lifelong sports enthusiast leads fellow fans as the voice of the Los Angeles Rams.
A Pepperdine volleyball player becomes the national voice for NCAA Division I student-athletes of the West Coast Conference.
In Edinburgh, Scotland, Seaver College theatre students engage in a cross-cultural exchange to address a universally tragic yet hopeful topic.
Inspired by Christopher Parkening as a child, a musician sets a record for the Pepperdine classical guitar program.


The University was saddened to announce that Charles B. Runnels, Chancellor Emeritus of Pepperdine University, passed away October 25, 2016.
The Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) hosted the second annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit.
The agreement names Pepperdine University the exclusive Education Partner of STAPLES Center, L.A. LIVE, and the LA Kings.
The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art had on display Altered Reality: Contemporary Photography and Digital Imagery from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.
Five more Pepperdine all-time greats were inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame this fall.
A group of Pepperdine alumni athletes and Waves coaches participated in a variety of sports throughout the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Pepperdine University theatre students, part of the Pepperdine Scotland company, received the prestigious Scotsman Fringe First award on August 12 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management hosted the summer 2016 commencement ceremony.
The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program is designed to avert Africa’s brain drain, build capacity at the host institutions, and develop long-term, mutually beneficial collaborations.
For the 28th consecutive year, Pepperdine University students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends joined together to participate in Step Forward Day.
The Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at the School of Public Policy hosted the one-day conference “Election 2.016: Technology and Civic Engagement."
The Pepperdine University Fine Arts Division Theatre Department presented David Saar’s play The Yellow Boat at Lindhurst Theatre in Malibu.
From September 10 to 26, Alumni Park became home to the University’s ninth annual Waves of Flags installation, a display that each year commemorates the lives lost in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.


How do you define leadership? Some might argue that the term defies definition and is unquantifiable by traditional measures of success.


Education has for centuries been one of the most powerful forces to enable and empower the human race. This is true even more so at a place like Pepperdine, where the pursuit of wisdom is charged by investigations of both faith and reason.

In Focus

Since its founding in 1958, Associated Women for Pepperdine (AWP) has diligently dedicated nearly six decades to raising scholarship funds for students.