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

As a Christian university Pepperdine affirms:
That God is
That God is revealed uniquely in Christ
That the educational process may not, with impunity, be divorced from the divine process
That the student, as a person of infinite dignity, is the heart of the educational enterprise
That the quality of student life is a valid concern of the University
That truth, having nothing to fear from investigation, should be pursued relentlessly in every discipline
That spiritual commitment, tolerating no excuse for mediocrity, demands the highest standards of academic excellence
That freedom, whether spiritual, intellectual, or economic, is indivisible
That knowledge calls, ultimately, for a life of service.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating890 of 1112117 of 130
Fund acquisition rating554 of 111369 of 130
Resource allocation rating777 of 111395 of 130
Asset utilization rating925 of 1112120 of 130

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$73,996,514$62,628,202$71,213,768$67,500,698$52,599,400
Short-term investments$477,943,289$505,640,951$556,027,466$167,300,124$316,370,835
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$706,039,142$702,976,769$756,248,085$385,170,475$504,701,463
Long-term investments$935,907,626$865,462,049$582,822,815$780,871,120$687,399,569
Fixed assets$541,744,082$524,240,030$521,166,834$447,499,519$444,508,793
Other long-term assets$262,279,541$308,707,085$187,506,975$317,312,501$261,044,203
Total long-term assets$1,739,931,249$1,698,409,164$1,291,496,624$1,545,683,140$1,392,952,565
Total assets$2,445,970,391$2,401,385,933$2,047,744,709$1,930,853,615$1,897,654,028
Payables and accrued expenses$52,698,500$40,531,149$62,001,347$48,202,020$43,298,616
Other current liabilities$29,083,484$22,208,201$19,045,050$18,131,219$10,020,188
Total current liabilities$81,781,984$62,739,350$81,046,397$66,333,239$53,318,804
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$630,081,469$422,849,516$356,096,954$137,835,510$13,188,362
Total long-term liabilities$700,160,012$671,196,208$606,178,455$469,899,723$475,351,086
Total liabilities$781,941,996$733,935,558$687,224,852$536,232,962$528,669,890
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$992,618,697$988,419,065$823,004,296$848,967,083$829,663,976
With donor restrictions$671,409,698$679,031,310$537,515,561$545,653,570$539,320,162
Net assets$1,664,028,395$1,667,450,375$1,360,519,857$1,394,620,653$1,368,984,138
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$71,538,193$67,242,887$55,834,209$34,179,043$39,372,267
Program service revenue$551,506,131$453,290,634$465,020,833$435,858,309$408,610,103
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$87,167,829$200,652,214$49,222,083$63,810,698$61,857,274
Other revenue$8,868,806$3,032,929$10,097,077$9,538,651$10,466,898
Total other revenue$647,542,766$656,975,777$524,339,993$509,207,658$480,934,275
Total revenue$719,080,959$724,218,664$580,174,202$543,386,701$520,306,542
Program services$505,518,294$471,968,400$433,660,195$394,369,797$360,054,169
Management and general$126,211,836$79,052,768$113,213,986$119,155,021$104,300,921
Total expenses$639,625,912$559,572,997$555,422,254$521,304,808$472,196,499
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$79,455,047$164,645,667$24,751,948$22,081,893$48,110,043
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$79,455,047$164,645,667$24,751,948$22,081,893$48,110,043


James GashPresident & CEO$928,829
Lorenzo RomarHead Coach, Basketball$820,397
Gary HansonExecutive VP$638,674
Deryck Janse van RensburgDean, Graziadio Business Schoo$557,990
Rick MarrsProfessor of Religion$531,019
Phil PhillipsSVP For Administration & COO$527,196
Jay BrewsterProvost As of 8/21$512,922
Paul CaronDean, Caruso School of Law$457,773
Samuel HinkleSv Chancellor$451,567
Sara Young JacksonChancellor$437,660
Uisup ParkAssoc Prof & Assoc Dean Pgbs$410,775
Edward LarsonDarling Chair In Law & Profess$408,492
Sara CosentinoVP For Adv & Chief Dev Officer$406,665
Larry PerrinSVP Strategic Implementation$400,893
Michael FeltnerDean, Seaver & Professor$398,455
David SmithAssoc. Professor & Assoc. Prov$373,139
Sukhsimranjit SinghMngng Dir & Assoc Prof Straus$372,187
Charles PippinSVP Invts & CIO Thru 10/21$371,004
Marc GoodmanGeneral Counsel$366,673
Helen WilliamsDean, Gsep; Prof Thru 07/22$337,062
Andrew BentonFormer President$329,913
Lee KatsVice Provost$329,500
Daniel DewaltVP & Chief of Staff$327,315
Connie HortonVP For Student Affairs$323,751
Greg RamirezChief Financial Officer$319,584
Nicolle TaylorVP & Chief Business Officer$305,977
Rick GibsonSv Chancellor$302,144
Jeffrey RohdeChief Inv Officer As of 12/21$301,775
Jonathan SeeChief Information Officer$265,992
Michael NicksDirector of Investments$254,390
Faye HoltonDirector of Investments$233,722
Laura PonderController$222,264
Jeri-Elayne Goosby SmithVP Comm Belonging & Cdo$182,960

Compensation data as of: 7/31/2022

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