Lubbock Christian University

LCU Alumnus Named Provost at Pepperdine University

LCU graduate Dr. Jay Brewster (’89), professor of biology and divisional dean of the Natural Science Division at Seaver College, has been named provost and chief academic officer of Pepperdine University. Brewster, who has served at Pepperdine for 24 years in various capacities, will begin his new role this August.

“Jay Brewster is a person of impeccable character and has demonstrated his gentle yet profound wisdom in each of the leadership positions he has occupied,” said Pepperdine president Jim Gash in an announcement to the Malibu-based university’s community. “He is also a reputable research scientist who embodies Pepperdine’s commitment to transforming lives through rigorous academics, spiritual exploration, and the significance of a life of purpose.” 

Brewster earned his bachelor’s degree in science education from Lubbock Christian University in 1989, during which time he was mentored by LCU icon Dr. Gary Estep. Brewster went on to earn his Ph.D. in cell biology and biochemistry at Rice University, which he followed with a postdoctoral fellowship at McLaughlin Research Institute for Biomedical Sciences.

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