MALIBU, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pepperdine University has added three new regents to its 40-member Board of Regents, the governing board of the university. The new regents, Peter James Johnson, Jr., Kimberly Lindley, and John Plueger, will serve three-year terms and help shape the direction of the university. In addition, the university named its fourth president, William S. Banowsky, to the post of life regent.
Peter James Johnson, Jr. is president of Leahey & Johnson, P.C., a Wall Street law firm. Johnson has earned a reputation for excellence as a trial lawyer and appellate lawyer in complex litigation, earning Martindale-Hubbell’s highest “AV” rating and listing as a “Super Lawyer” in the New York City metropolitan area. He serves as a member of the New York governor’s judicial screening panel for the appointment of Supreme Court and appellate division justices, and is a legal, policy, and media analyst for the FOX News Channel. Johnson is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia University’s School of Law.
Kimberly Lindley currently serves the Campaign for Pepperdine as a member of the Seaver College campaign committee. She and her husband, Don Lindley, the president of natural gas liquids business development at Kinder Morgan, have a long history of service to and with the university, including serving as co-chairs of the Seaver Parents Council in 2010-2011. Lindley is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and is engaged in graduate level work in learning disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University.
John Plueger is president, chief operating officer, and a member of the board of directors of Air Lease Corporation (NYSE: AL). He has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives as an aircraft leasing industry expert witness and responded to European Commission formal inquiries concerning aerospace industry mergers and acquisitions. He also serves on the boards of several charitable organizations, including the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Plueger is a certified public accountant trained by PriceWaterhouse and a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles. Plueger also earned a certified director credential from its Anderson Graduate School of Management.
Pepperdine has named its fourth president, William S. Banowsky, to the post of life regent. Texas-born Banowsky served as president from 1971 to 1978, one of the youngest university presidents in the nation at that time. He was instrumental in the decision to move Pepperdine to Malibu and has been a member of the board of regents for 42 years.
About the Board of Regents
The 40-member Pepperdine University Board of Regents is the legal governing body and chief policy board of the university. Life regents are recognized and honored for their extraordinary service as past regents. The university administration works with the board to shape policy and direction for the university. See the university website for more information about the new regents and the full list of regents.