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Pepperdine 2030: Ascend Together

Pepperdine's vision calls for the University to become a preeminent, global Christian University. That bold aspiration is shaped and formed by our relentless pursuit of faith and truth together and our abiding commitment to students as the heart of the educational enterprise.

The University's 2030 strategic planning process began in the fall of 2019, facilitated by the Strategic Planning Task Force, and sought participation by every segment of the University community. This process has resulted in the final elements of Pepperdine 2030: Ascend Together, which consists of a strategic guidance document approved and adopted by the Board of Regents, a presidential vision from president Jim Gash, and the University's strategic plan.

Enjoy exploring these strategic planning elements and join your fellow Waves as we seek to ascend to even greater heights of excellence . . . together.

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Strategic Guidance and Vision


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The Board of Regents strategic guidance encapsulates the board's vision for the top five distinctive pathways Pepperdine must travel to become a premier, global Christian university that produces brilliant leaders of faith, character, courage, and creativity.

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Building on his inaugural address, Pepperdine's eighth president Jim Gash shares his vision for Pepperdine, inviting the community to imagine with him the University's grand and limitless future.

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Providing an overview of the the Pepperdine 2030 Strategic Plan, the executive summary offers a roadmap with the animating convictions, empowering commitments, and strategic goals and objectives that will guide our progress ahead.


Pepperdine 2030 Strategic Plan

The Pepperdine 2030 Strategic Plan, relying upon the Board of Regents' Strategic Guidance document and President Gash's strategic vision, advances the University's distinctive identity, leverages Pepperdine's considerable strengths, and illuminates the way forward and upward.