President Jim Gash announced the conclusion of Deryck van Rensburg’s role as Graziadio Business School dean at the end of the spring 2022 semester in a Dec. 1 email to community members. Gash wrote van Rensburg will take a sabbatical in the 2022-23 academic year and return as a faculty scholar the following semester.
President Jim Gash
The Class of 2022 kicked off their senior year at the Brock House to Rock the Brock. Seaver Alumni Relations, President Jim Gash and first lady Joline Gash hosted the senior class for a night of celebration, music, dancing, food and various raffle prizes, including Waves of Relief presidential awards.
Pepperdine hosted a back-to-back commencement ceremony weekend to honor the Class of 2020 and 2021. The University chose to postpone the Class of 2020 ceremony from last spring.
President Jim Gash hosted his final President’s Briefing for the 2021 academic year May 5, 2021.
Pepperdine announced its newest provost, Biology Professor Jay Brewster. Brewster has worked at Pepperdine for 24 years and will assume his role as provost Aug. 1.
After years of dueling administration over equal rights and representation, student demands from the University’s infancy have not been met by the administration in 2020. The diversity journey from Pepperdine’s first all-white class has been tumultuous but has increased overall.
Other nations are doing a better job at combating COVID-19. Greater measures to protect public health are needed to save lives in the U.S.
Since mid-March, Pepperdine’s campus, including its international programs, has been emptied of students and faculty because of COVID.
Joline Gash will serve as a mentor and support system for students during her time as Pepperdine’s first lady.