Pepperdine University CEO Andrew K. Benton Elected Chair of NAICU Board of Directors


Andrew K. Benton, J.D.

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pepperdine University (CA) President and CEO Andrew K. Benton, J.D., has been elected to a 19-month term as chair of the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). Jo Allen, president of Meredith College (NC), has been elected vice chair.

Benton, who was NAICU board vice chair, replaces Christopher B. Nelson, president of St. John’s College (MD), who retired on June 21. The NAICU board voted on the transition during their regular spring meeting. Benton will complete the seven months remaining in Nelson’s one-year term before starting his own one-year term.

NAICU board members set the association’s agenda on federal higher education policy; actively encourage support of association priorities and initiatives; and oversee the organization’s financial administration.

“NAICU is most fortunate that Pepperdine University President Andrew Benton has been elected as the next chair of our board of directors,” said NAICU President David L. Warren, Ph.D. “Andy brings 17 years of presidential leadership experience to the NAICU Board chairmanship, including a term as chair of our Accountability Committee. His knowledge of private higher education is unparalleled, and will be of great assistance to the Association. As new opportunities and challenges arise over the next 18 months, the Association will be well positioned for success with our new leadership team.”

“This seems to be an especially important time for all institutions of higher learning to work closely together and, perhaps, especially those in the independent sector,” said Benton. “Our work is noble, aimed at the very future of this nation. I am grateful for this opportunity to serve and I simply cannot imagine finer colleagues with whom to do so.”

Andrew K. Benton

Benton has served Pepperdine University for more than 30 years. His Pepperdine career started in 1984 when he joined the Malibu, California-based university to oversee land-use opportunities. Benton went on to work as the chief of staff for his friend and the University’s sixth president David Davenport. In 1991, he was appointed executive vice president and chief operational officer of the University.

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