Pepperdine appoints ACU professor as university provost


For Immediate Release
Oct. 12, 2000

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While a prestigious appointment for Dr. Darryl Tippens, Abilene Christian University's loss is Pepperdine University's gain.

Tippens, professor of English, will leave ACU at the end of the fall semester to become Pepperdine University's new provost. Pepperdine President Andrew Benton announced Tippens as the new provost Friday, Aug. 25, effective in January 2001.

As provost, Tippens will be working with the deans of Pepperdine's five colleges - undergraduate, law, public policy, business and graduation education and psychology schools - to help strengthen the university's academic programs and provide leadership toward a cohesive vision for the school.

Tippens was asked by Benton to apply for the provost position in May. He and his wife will move to California in December. In addition to Tippen's responsibilities as provost, he also will teach in the division of humanities.

For the past 13 1/2 years, Tippens has been a member of ACU's Department of English, educating students about Shakespeare, British literature and literary criticism. He has received postdoctoral fellowships to the University of Chicago, John Hopkins University, the University of Kansas and Yale University; and he has been a visiting professor at Baylor and Pepperdine universities. Tippens also has presented many papers and conferences across the world.

"While this is an wonderful opportunity for Darryl, he has been in an incredible asset to the ACU learning community as professor, author and mentor," said Dr. Royce Money, ACU president. "We like to see people use the ACU grounding to go out and change the world, we don't like to say good-bye to a good friend."

In 1997 Tippens published "Shadow and Light," an anthology of literature, with ACU English professor Stephen Weathers. "Shadow and Light" includes works by mainstream authors such as James Joyce, John Updike and Emily Dickinson. The anthology is being used in 22 universities and two high schools in 15 states. Tippens also co-authored three books on adolescent spirituality published by ACU Press.

Tippens graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 1968 and returned there to teach for 14 years before coming to ACU. He received his master's and doctoral degrees at Louisiana State University.

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