Margaret Weber, Ph.D.


Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Pepperdine University

Board Member since 2004

Margaret Weber, Ph.D. joined the Union Rescue Mission Board of Directors in 2004. As Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) at Pepperdine University since 2001, she led the school to its highest enrollment since its founding in 1982. Weber has enhanced the technology standards to a level that is equal with that of major corporations and as she continues Pepperdine’s rich tradition of Christian faith and values.

Before her position at Pepperdine, Weber garnered 24 years of experience and knowledge at Oklahoma State University’s College of Human Environmental Sciences. She joined OSU in 1977 and assumed various roles throughout her tenure, culminating in her appointment as associate dean of research and academic services. At OSU, she co-directed the college’s Faculty Scholars program, which continues to mentor new faculty and integrates instruction, research, and outreach. The joy she derives from helping others achieve and her tremendous capacity as an advocate make her instrumental in what she calls, “developing the future generation of scholars.”

Throughout her administrative terms, Weber has maintained the momentum of her formidable research career, publishing widely on multicultural leadership and diversity, the mentoring and socialization of graduate students, and the value of investment in faculty development. She has presented papers at numerous national and international conferences, and served as Chair of the Legislative Committee of the Board on Human Sciences and Vice President of the American Association of Housing Educators.

Weber’s extensive research on learning environments as well as faculty and student development has made her a befitting leader to oversee two of the most significant transformations for the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine: the completion of the Drescher Graduate Campus and the opening of the expansive West Los Angeles graduate headquarters, home to an ever-growing body of education and psychology masters and doctoral students. Given the dispersed geographic layout of the graduate school’s five graduate campuses and the diversity of the student body, cultivating a sense of community is a sizeable challenge, but Weber has capitalized on Pepperdine’s unique design, and has made it a high priority to lead a cohesive program with a unified mission.

The same ambition that makes Weber a successful professional leader has also infused her personal life with adventure and inspiration. In addition to her boating, parasailing, and water skiing activities, she maintained her pilot’s license, and for years flew personal aircraft. Though she no longer takes to the skies as a pilot, she continues to travel internationally, making trips to countries such as Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Thailand, and Turkey.

Margaret Weber and her husband, Dr. Joe Weber, a tenure-track professor of sociology and Director of Academic Programs at the Gerontology Institute at Cal State Fullerton, live in Malibu. Their son Travis is currently studying religion at Pepperdine University. Her older son, Daniel, is pursuing a graduate degree in fine art at Cal State Fullerton.