Andrew K. Benton
President, Pepperdine University
Lawrence High School
Andrew planned for a career as an attorney or probate judge in his hometown, and focused his education on those interests, later earning a law degree and becoming a member of the bar. The desire to work with young people in their own pursuit of higher education was strong and he, instead, followed a career path that led to his current role as the seventh president of Pepperdine University. He assumed that position on June 16, 2000, succeeding his friend and mentor, David Davenport.
His experience at Pepperdine began in 1984. From 1984 to 1991, in various roles, Benton invested himself in external relations, governmental and regulatory matters, with focused attention on securing approvals critical to the University's future, often under adverse circumstances.
From 1991 until 2000, Benton served as Pepperdine's executive vice president and chief operational officer. He was also liaison to the Board of Regents and, during two extended presidential sabbaticals, was acting President.
Pre ident Benton teaches courses within the University on a regular basis and is deeply involved in the lives of students. He is active in many legal, educational, athletic and community organizations including the American Bar Association, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, and the largest convening organization in higher education, the American Council on Education, serving as chairman of the Board of Directors 2008-2009. He is currently a director of the World Affairs Council and a member of the Jonathan Club and the California Club.