President, Pepperdine University
Andrew Benton is the president of Pepperdine University, a position he has held since 2000. Benton has served in higher education for 38 years, 28 of those years at Pepperdine. He is an attorney by training, but virtually all of his career has been spent working on behalf of young people. He teaches regularly and will offer his class Jurisprudence and Judicial Process once again this fall. He is the former chair of the American Council on Education and a current board member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He also serves on the Commission on Attainment, a task force charged with preparing a response to President Obama's Higher Education 2020 plan.