As the Pepperdine Law community bid farewell to vice dean Tim Perrin in May, there was a certain amount of pride left in knowing Pepperdine’s legacy in leadership.
Perrin, who was named president of Lubbock Christian University (LCU) in Lubbock, Texas, effective June 1, became the fourth individual associated with the School of Law to have taken on the lead role at a university within the last seven years.
Perrin, who is a 1984 graduate of LCU, practiced law in Corpus Christi, Texas, in both state and federal courts before joining Pepperdine Law in 1992, where he has served with distinction on the faculty and the administration as professor of law, associate provost, and vice dean. He also participated in Pepperdine’s acclaimed juvenile justice program in Uganda and served for many years as a coach of the trial teams.
L. Randolph Lowry III, founder of Pepperdine’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, took office as the 17th president of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, in September 2005, after serving on the Pepperdine faculty for nearly 20 years.
Additionally, Kenneth W. Starr, who joined Pepperdine Law as dean in 2004, began his stint as president of Baylor University in Waco, Texas, in 2010.
Pepperdine alumnus John deSteiguer (JD ’89) took the lead role as president of Oklahoma Christian University in May. He was previously that university’s senior vice president for advancement. Prior to that deSteiguer spent nearly two decades in higher education, including nine years as the director of development at Northeastern State University located in his native Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
“Pepperdine is a place where leadership is a central value that permeates the educational process, the aspirations, and the calling of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends,” said Dean Tacha. “As we live out our faith commitment, we understand it in terms of leading others and modeling purpose, service, and leadership. All four of these individuals have stepped into significant presidencies as examples of the powerful impulse that suffuses the Pepperdine experience and enriches institutions and communities far beyond this campus.”