Partners, April 2018
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Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., announced Wednesday that Andrew K. Benton, its president and chief executive officer for 18 years, plans to step down after the 2018-2019 academic year.
According to a press release from the university — which is associated with Churches of Christ — Benton, 66, and his wife, Debby, “have decided it is a good time for a change.”
“This is a significant change that, while difficult, we believe comes at just the right time — for Pepperdine, for our students and for us,” Benton said. “As president, I have always tried to make the hardest institutional decisions from a position of strength, and because of the talent and passion of our people throughout the last several decades, I can confidently say that Pepperdine has never been stronger academically, spiritually and financially.”
Benton has requested that the Pepperdine Board of Regents begin the search for a new president.
“Our aspirations for Andy’s success have been realized beyond our dreams, and he has become one of our nation’s truly great university presidents,” said board chair Ed Biggers, speaking on behalf of the Board of Regents.
“Serving with Andy has been among the greatest privileges of my life, and the entire board is deeply grateful for his strength, integrity, and grace,” added Biggers, who also serves as a trustee for The Christian Chronicle.
At the conclusion of his presidency, Benton, who took over as president in September 2000, will be the longest-serving president in Pepperdine’s 80-year history.
He has agreed to continue serving as president until his successor is found. After that, Benton will remain with the university as president emeritus.
Read the full press release HERE.
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