Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology Margaret Weber announced Tuesday that she would retire at the end of this academic year.
“My husband and I have been talking about it for a number of years,” she said. “As Ecclesiastes says, there’s a time for everything, and now is that time.”
President Andrew K. Benton wrote in an email that he and Provost Darryl Tippens have known of Weber’s plan to retire and were prepared.
“This season of change is made much easier as a consequence of careful conversation and planning,” Benton said. “Fortunately, she has agreed to serve until her replacement is found, and my hope is that the new provost will have a role in selecting her successor.”
Weber said the decision was bittersweet because Pepperdine is a great place to be.
“I’m going to miss the people, including faculty, staff and students,” Weber said. “I have wonderful colleagues and wonderful students, and I’m really going to miss them.”
This is Weber’s 13th year working as the dean of the GSEP, but while she said she enjoyed the job, she is looking forward to having more time to travel, spend time with her grandchildren and write.
“The [GSEP] is stronger today than ever under Margaret Weber’s resolute leadership,” Benton wrote. “She will continue to associate with the school after her deanship, and I am grateful for that. She is not only a strong dean but a caring and thoughtful friend and counselor.”
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As published in the Sept. 19 issue of the Pepperdine Graphic.