Pepperdine’s Dr. Rapier: Misaligned Values at Center of Beverly Hills Hotel-Brunei Laws Boycott


Steve RapierAn expert guest on KPCC’s AirTalk public radio talk show, marketing professor Steve Rapier commented on the escalating controversy regarding the Sultan of Brunei’s ownership of the Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. Boycotts, local government condemnation and entertainment community event cancellations continue over the Sultan’s imposition of Islamic laws that allow gays and adulterers to be stoned or dismembered, among other punishments. Protesters and the City of Beverly Hills insist the Sultan divest of his stakes in the hotel properties.

“I don’t believe it is a win-win situation for the Sultan if he holds onto the properties as well as resists changing his laws,” said Professor Rapier, who criticizes the hotels and Brunei for not understanding how to handle a crisis. “As long as the brand –be it the hotel or anyone associated with him [the Sultan]—has values counter to their core values [Los Angeles entertainment community and protesting groups] I see it as an impossible fix.”

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BUSINESSWEEK: Faith, Business, and Education


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In an op-ed for Bloomberg Businessweek, Deans Linda A. Livingstone and Michael Williams wrote that college for many students is not where they lose their faith — it is where they find it. And B-school needn’t be an exception.

quoteFrom our point of view, the college experience provides a unique—and critical—opportunity for students to reflect upon, question, and strengthen their personal faith. Even in the fields viewed as most “secular,” like graduate management education, we believe students are best served by exposure to state-of-the-art thinking about contemporary practice along with moral grounding from deeply held values. At Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School, we refer to this as “values-centered leadership,” and it is core to our institutional mission.

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Kevin Streeter of St. John’s Health Center Named Graduating Student Speaker at Pepperdine MBA Commencement


Pepperdine MBA Kevin Street of St. John's Health Center

Kevin Streeter, director of the Ambulatory Surgery Center at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., has been selected to deliver the graduating student speech at commencement ceremony on April 21 for the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University.

“Kevin has demonstrated outstanding academic performance and his character honors the Graziadio School’s core values of integrity, stewardship, courage, and compassion,” said Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., dean of the business school.

Streeter will graduate in April with a master of business administration degree and an emphasis in leadership and organizational change. He completed Pepperdine’s Bachelor of Science in Management program cum laude, in which he earned a 3.7 grade point average and was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. He was recognized for “personal excellence and outstanding student leadership” with the George Award, Graziadio School’s most prestigious honor.

Streeter is a veteran of the United States Navy, having served six years as a medic for the Marines. Upon completion of his service, he began working as a registered nurse in surgery. For the past five years he has served as director of surgical services, most recently at Verdugo Hills Hospital. He joined Saint John’s Health Center last August.

The Graziadio School’s graduation will take place at Pepperdine University’s Firestone Fieldhouse on the Malibu campus beginning at 10:30 a.m. Streeter will be joined on stage by keynote speaker and Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient Lore Harp McGovern (MBA ’81), director of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT and GoFish Technologies Inc.