Pepperdine University has added three new members to its Board of
Regents, the governing board of the University. The new regents, Bill
Ahmanson, John Lewis ('83), and Dee Anna Smith ('86), will help shape
the direction of the University. In addition, two current regents, Jerry
Cox and Terry Giles (JD '74), have been given Life Regent status.
William (Bill) H. Ahmanson is president of The Ahmanson
Foundation, which concentrates its funding on cultural projects
supporting the arts, education at the collegiate and pre-collegiate
levels, medicine and delivery of health care services, programs related
to homelessness and low-income populations, and a wide range of human
A native of Los Angeles, Bill began his career in banking. In 1986 he
began his 10-year service to the City of Los Angeles as a Los Angeles
Police Reserve line officer working in the Hollywood, Newton, and
Rampart Divisions, and LAPD Operations-South Bureau Community Relations
Against Street Hoodlums (CRASH).
In addition to his current work as president of The Ahmanson Foundation,
Bill is trustee and board president of the Center Theatre Group; trustee
and vice chair of the board of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art;
trustee of Loyola Marymount University; and many other community
organizations, including Research to Prevent Blindness, the Los Angeles
Mounted Police Foundation, Fixing Angelenos Stuck in Traffic (FAST), the
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, and the Wilshire Chapter of the
Rotary Club, among others.
Personal honors and awards include the Paul Harris Fellow, the Rotary
Foundation of Rotary International 2012; Order of the Knights of Saint
Gregory the Great; and the Benemerenti Award.
John Lewis is president of Eugene Lewis & Associates in Arcadia,
California. Lewis & Associates is a CPA and financial management firm
specializing in services and planning for multigenerational,
high-net-worth families and Fortune 500 executives.
Lewis frequently speaks at industry conferences and has been a guest
presenter at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the
Chartered Financial Analyst Institute, and the Certified Financial
Planner Board of Standards.
He has served as board chair for High Point Academy, a K-8 school in
Pasadena, California, and of Pioneers, a missionary agency serving in 40
countries. Lewis is a trustee of the Henry Parsons Crowell Trust, an
83-year-old foundation serving Christian causes, and was formerly head
elder at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, California. He has also been a
leader in the Boy Scouts.
Lewis received his bachelor's degree in accounting from Seaver College
in 1983 and served on the Pepperdine University Board from 2000 to 2009.
He is currently a member of the President's Campaign Cabinet. Lewis and
his wife are Life Members of the Pepperdine
Dee Anna Smith is the chief executive officer of Sarah Cannon,
the global cancer enterprise of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).
Smith is responsible for carrying out the overall strategic mission and
vision of Sarah Cannon, which delivers a full suite of physician-led,
patient-centric, integrated cancer services, from wellness and screening
efforts to a diverse range of diagnostic and treatment options,
palliative medicine, and survivor care. Sarah Cannon also maintains a
focus on clinical research through the Sarah Cannon Research Institute
(SCRI), one of the nation's largest global strategic research
organizations that advances therapies and accelerates drug development.
Smith joined SCRI in 2005 as chief information officer and also served
as president of SCRI Services, leading the development of corporate
strategy and vision for that division of SCRI. Prior to joining SCRI,
Smith served as chief executive officer of Summit Research Solutions, a
multi-specialty organization that she cofounded in 1996. SCRI acquired
Summit Research Solutions in 2005. Beginning in 1998, she also served as
chief executive officer of SiteWorks Solutions, another company she
founded, providing customized, web-based site-management systems for the
clinical trials industry. SiteWorks was purchased by Oracle in 2004.
Smith began her career in 1986 in audit for KPMG Peat Marwick, where she
worked until 1992.
Smith has received recognition for her contributions to the healthcare
industry on a local and national level. Most recently, she was named a
2013 Health Care Hero by the Nashville Business Journal in the
chief executive officer category and she received Lipscomb University's
2013 Heroes of Business award. In 2010, under Smith's leadership, SCRI
was named one of Modern Healthcare's "Best Places to Work." In
May 2008, Smith was honored by Nashville Medical News as one of
"10 Women to Watch" for her leadership in the healthcare industry in
middle Tennessee. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified
Public Accountants and the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and
sits on the board of directors for the Nashville Health Care Council,
PearlPoint Cancer Support, and Evolve Women. She is also a member of the
board of visitors for the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy and
Smith received her bachelor of arts in accounting in 1986 from
Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. She currently resides in
Jerry S. Cox was elected to the Board of Regents of Pepperdine
University in 1997, beginning a long and faithful term of service and
leadership that has contributed the University's progress in Christian
Cox earned his bachelor's degree in finance from Texas A&M University
and a master's degree in theological studies from Houston Baptist
University, both of which prepared him well for service on Pepperdine's
governing board. His business acumen and leadership as cofounder of Cox
& Perkins Exploration, an oil and gas exploration company, were assets
that he brought to his Pepperdine board tenure.
During his 17-year term on Pepperdine's Board of Regents, Jerry served
with distinction on numerous board committees, including Academic
Affairs, Advancement and Public Affairs, Buildings and Grounds,
Investments, and Religious Standards.
Jerry and his wife, Kay, are past members of the Pat and Shirley Boone
Center for the Family Advisory Board and have supported the center's
work for more than a decade; further, they have provided significant
resources to the Associated Women for Pepperdine and Board of Regents
Scholarships and the Lela Armstrong Endowed Fellowship. The Coxes are
parents to two Seaver College alumni: daughter Courtney ('00) and son
Terry M. Giles, a 1974 graduate of the Pepperdine University
School of Law, has exemplified an abiding affirmation of alma mater in
his 18-year Board of Regents tenure.
Giles began his law career in California, founding his own firm within a
year of graduation; in the ensuing decades he built a prominent and
successful law practice in Houston, in partnership with his wife,
attorney Kalli O'Malley, and has operated a host of businesses under the
banner of Giles Enterprises.
Bringing legal and business acumen to his board service in addition to
his perspective as an alumnus, Giles served with distinction on the
board's Finance and Investments Committee and the Advancement and Public
Giles has maintained an active role with the Pepperdine School of Law as
a member of its Board of Visitors and as benefactor of the Dean Ronald
Phillips Chair, the Giles Honor Scholarship, and the Terry M. Giles
Honor Scholar Award; for the past three years he has served as cochair
of the School of Law Committee of the Campaign for Pepperdine.
In 1994 Giles received the Horatio Alger Award and continues to serve on
the board of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.
Earlier this year the Giles family celebrated the graduation of their
daughter, Lauren ('14), from Seaver College.
About Pepperdine University
Founded in 1937, Pepperdine University is an independent, Christian
university located 30 miles west of Los Angeles in scenic Malibu,
California. The University enrolls approximately 7,300 students in its
undergraduate school, Seaver College, the School of Law, the Graziadio
School of Business and Management, the Graduate School of Education and
Psychology, and the School of Public Policy. Pepperdine is committed to
the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where
students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership.
For more news and information about Pepperdine, please visit pepperdine.edu.
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