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Office of the Provost

As the chief academic officer of Ƶ, the provost is responsible for the administration, coordination, and development of all academic activities and functions of the University. The provost works with the deans of Pepperdine's undergraduate college and graduate schools on all issues related to effective planning and management of the University's academic resources. The provost also oversees critical University departments each supporting student and faculty academic endeavors, including the Center for Faith and Learning, Information Technology, the Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Sports, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, the Office of the Registrar and OneStop, the Office of Student Accessibility, and the Office of Research, Grants, and Foundation Relations, Student Affairs, and University Libraries.


Provost Jay Brewster

Jay Brewster


Jay Brewster began his term as Pepperdine's provost and chief academic officer on August 1, 2021. Brewster is a dedicated teacher, mentor, and nationally recognized scientist and scholar. He has supported more than 100 undergraduate researchers in Pepperdine programs including the National Science Foundation-funded Summer Undergraduate Research in Biology program, which he directed for several years.

Read Provost Brewster's Bio

Vice and Associate Provosts

Lila Carlsen

Interim Vice Provost

David Smith

Senior Associate Provost

Jennifer Smith

Associate Provost