Pepperdine University President Andrew K. Benton and Provost Darryl Tippens have jointly named Thomas G. Bost Interim Dean of the Pepperdine School of Law. Bost, former Chair of the University's Board of Regents, has served as a professor of law at Pepperdine since 2000. He served as associate dean for academics in 2009.
"Professor Bost is one of the most valued friends and respected individuals the University has ever known," said President Benton. “I could not imagine a more qualified person to lead our law school while we search for a new dean.”
Bost's appointment becomes effective June 1, the day departing Dean Kenneth W. Starr becomes president of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. "It is our aspiration to announce our new dean by the summer of 2011," noted Benton. He added that the executive search firm Korn/Ferry International had been retained by Pepperdine and that an internal search committee was being formed under the direction of Provost Tippens.
Professor Bost earned his Bachelor's of Science degree summa cum laude in 1964 from Abilene Christian University and his Juris Doctor in 1967 from Vanderbilt University, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Founder's Medalist (First in Class). He was a note editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review and served for a year as an assistant professor of law at Vanderbilt after graduation.
As associate dean for academics at the School of Law, he had primary responsibility for academic affairs, including student academic counseling, class scheduling, recruitment of adjunct professors, and development of the law school's academic programs. He began his teaching career at Pepperdine as an adjunct professor at the School of Law in 1999.
"Tom Bost is a wonderful choice to serve as interim dean of the law school," noted Tim Perrin, vice dean. "He is a superior classroom teacher, a distinguished scholar, and a wise and much-beloved colleague. He is uniquely prepared to lead the law school at this moment in its history."
Bost specializes in tax and corporate law and has been prominent in the professional legal community for more than four decades. He was an Associate at Latham & Watkins LLP, Los Angeles, California from 1968-1975 and Partner from 1975-1999. He has been a member of the American Bar Association and State Bar of California since 1968 and an elected member of the American Law Institute since 2005. He holds many other memberships and leadership roles in professional associations, including serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Pacific Legal Foundation since 1995, and as Chair in 2001, 2002, and 2009.
Professor Bost is active, along with his wife Sheila K. Bost, in the Culver-Palms Church of Christ since 1968 and he has served as Elder from 1980-1991 and from 1993 to the present. In addition, he is currently a member of Fuller Theological Seminary Board of Trustees.
At Pepperdine, Professor Bost was a member of the Board of Regents from 1974-2001 and Chair for two decades from 1980-2000. He served on the Pepperdine School of Law Board of Visitors for two decades as well, from 1981-2000.
Bost and his wife Sheila, who currently serves on the Board of Regents, have endeared themselves in many ways to the Pepperdine community. Their devotion to the institution and its mission has been reflected in their generosity and service to the Pepperdine University Boone Center for the Family and the University’s Center for Faith and Learning, among many other programs and initiatives.
Responding to President Benton's invitation to become Interim Dean of the School of Law, Bost said, "A very strong foundation for success has been laid by those who have gone before, and I am certain that the school will reach new heights not yet imagined. I am honored to serve as Interim Dean along with our dedicated faculty, administrators, and staff - all of whom are committed to our students."