Pepperdine University

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At Pepperdine, higher learning is aligned with a higher purpose. By integrating service, worship, and social responsibility with rigorous academic study, we create a community that nurtures heart, soul, strength, and mind.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263


Phone: 310-506-4000

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 951644037

CEO/President: James Gash

Chairman: Dee Anna Smith

Board size: 22

Founder: George Pepperdine

Ruling year: 1940

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 07/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Pepperdine University will be a preeminent, global, Christian university, known for the integration of faith and learning, whose graduates lead purposeful lives as servant-minded leaders throughout the world.

Our vision statement declares what we intend to become. George Pepperdine envisioned an institution that would transform students' lives so that they would, in turn, impact culture. He imagined a vast body of alumni-men and women conscious of their good fortune, recipients of the generous gift of a Christian education-who would feel the moral imperative to serve others sacrificially. Hence, the school's motto: "Freely ye received, freely give" (Matthew 10:8).

Mission statement

Pepperdine is a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating880 of 1074115 of 130
Fund acquisition rating624 of 107577 of 130
Resource allocation rating806 of 107592 of 130
Asset utilization rating817 of 1074111 of 130

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$71,213,768$67,500,698$52,599,400$43,777,378$51,197,127
Short-term investments$556,027,466$167,300,124$316,370,835$298,096,519$144,921,988
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$756,248,085$385,170,475$504,701,463$460,819,700$314,932,259
Long-term investments$582,822,815$780,871,120$687,399,569$599,449,712$676,739,236
Fixed assets$521,166,834$447,499,519$444,508,793$389,653,781$357,620,541
Other long-term assets$187,506,975$317,312,501$261,044,203$262,113,569$242,863,324
Total long-term assets$1,291,496,624$1,545,683,140$1,392,952,565$1,251,217,062$1,277,223,101
Total assets$2,047,744,709$1,930,853,615$1,897,654,028$1,712,036,762$1,592,155,360
Payables and accrued expenses$62,001,347$48,202,020$43,298,616$39,451,850$34,566,690
Other current liabilities$19,045,050$18,131,219$10,020,188$13,851,501$11,093,448
Total current liabilities$81,046,397$66,333,239$53,318,804$53,303,351$45,660,138
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$356,096,954$137,835,510$13,188,362$17,357,472$16,880,158
Total long-term liabilities$606,178,455$469,899,723$475,351,086$361,268,135$363,279,531
Total liabilities$687,224,852$536,232,962$528,669,890$414,571,486$408,939,669
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$823,004,296$848,967,083$829,663,976$799,070,675$699,527,108
With donor restrictions$537,515,561$545,653,570$539,320,162$498,394,601$483,688,583
Net assets$1,360,519,857$1,394,620,653$1,368,984,138$1,297,465,276$1,183,215,691
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$55,834,209$34,179,043$39,372,267$30,223,377$25,472,417
Program service revenue$465,020,833$435,858,309$408,610,103$400,243,433$381,804,299
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$49,222,083$63,810,698$61,857,274$71,044,314$23,217,070
Other revenue$10,097,077$9,538,651$10,466,898($690,814)($453,697)
Total other revenue$524,339,993$509,207,658$480,934,275$470,596,933$404,567,672
Total revenue$580,174,202$543,386,701$520,306,542$500,820,310$430,040,089
Program services$433,660,195$394,369,797$360,054,169$331,386,962$320,212,392
Management and general$113,213,986$119,155,021$104,300,921$106,869,593$110,776,881
Total expenses$555,422,254$521,304,808$472,196,499$445,258,356$437,782,106
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$24,751,948$22,081,893$48,110,043$55,561,954($7,742,017)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$24,751,948$22,081,893$48,110,043$55,561,954($7,742,017)


Andrew BentonPresident Emeritus$1,350,622
Lorenzo RomarHead Coach, Basketball$793,594
Charles PippinSVP FOR INVESTMENTS & CIO$789,562
Rick MarrsProvost & Chief Academic Off$738,264
Gary HansonExecutive VP$651,195
Deryck Janse van RensburgDean, Graziadio Business Schoo$530,390
James GashPresident & CEO$525,024
Samuel HinkleSVP For Advancement & Cdo$487,211
Phil PhillipsSVP For Administration & COO$453,635
Hung LeAssoc. VP & University Registr$453,094
David SmithAssoc. Professor & Assoc. Prov$431,741
Paul CaronDean, Caruso School of Law$430,995
Edward LarsonDarling Chair In Law & Profess$413,286
Cristina GibsonDean's Distinguished Professor$381,943
Michael FeltnerDean, Seaver College$371,512
Marc GoodmanGeneral Counsel$352,891
Jeffrey RohdeManaging Director Investments$337,974
Jonathan SeeChief Information Officer$334,611
Lee KatsVice Provost & Professor$308,678
Helen WilliamsDean, Graduate School of Educa$301,836
Connie HortonVP For Student Affairs$299,038
Rick GibsonVP For Public Affairs & CMO$297,028
Joan SingletonCFO, Thru 10/19$294,021
Michael NicksDirector of Investments$283,658
Sara Young JacksonChancellor$279,471
Faye HoltonDirector of Investments$278,144
Sara CosentinoVP For Campus Operations & HR$276,264
Lance BridgesmithAssoc. VP Planning, Operations$261,901
Daniel DewaltVP & Chief of Staff$248,271
Nicolle TaylorVP & Chief Business Officer$245,792
Greg RamirezCFO, As of 01/20$207,920
Marian MitzeFormer Vp, Chief of Staff$190,380
Larry PerrinSVP Strategic Implementation$174,062

Compensation data as of: 7/31/2020

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