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ACU alumnus appointed dean of Seaver College

By Lynne Bruton - director of public relations Abilene Christian University



ACU alumnus appointed dean of Seaver College ACU alumnus Dr. Rick Marrs has been appointed dean of Seaver College at Pepperdine University, following the retirement of W. David Baird. Marrs currently serves as the associate dean of the college. Marrs earned his bachelor’s degree and a Masters of Divinity at Abilene {{more}} Christian University in 1973 and 1976 respectively, and earned his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies at The Johns Hopkins University in 1982. He has been a member of the religion division faculty at Pepperdine University since 1987.”Rick Marrs is an outstanding individual in every way,” said Dr. John T. Willis, Burton Coffman Chair of Biblical Studies and professor of Old Testament at ACU. “He excels in all that he does and is a leader among scholars in the field of Hebrew Bible. I am greatly pleased that he has been chosen as dean of Seaver College at Pepperdine.”Marrs is the author of several books including Embracing God’s Call and Face to Face with Jesus, and was co-editor of Worship and the Hebrew Bible: Essays in Honor of John T. Willis. In addition, Marrs has authored many articles and dictionary and encyclopedia entries and articles on teaching pedagogy. “Rick Marrs is an exceptional scholar, teacher, administrator and human being,” said Darryl Tippens, Pepperdine’s provost and chief academic officer, “Rick is widely admired for his capacity to work well with others, to solve difficult problems, and to bring people together. He is a man I will absolutely relish working beside.” Marrs was presented with a Distinguished Alumni Citation from ACU in 2006.

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