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Tompkins Wins Pepperdine Waves of Innovation Grant

Graziadio School Professor of Applied Behavioral Science Teri Tompkins has been awarded a $83,000 grant for a proposal to study how the Graziadio School can create a next-generation Executive MBA program that allows students from other parts of the country (and outside of the U.S.A.) to attend Pepperdine EMBA classes, and allows traditional EMBA students greater opportunities to take emphasis courses. Dr. Tompkins is one of six awardees among eight finalists in Pepperdine's first annual Waves of Innovation competition, an initiative created to inspire, engage, and motivate faculty, staff, and students to re-think Pepperdine, to share their innovative ideas and help shape its future. Faculty, staff, and students submitted over 150 proposals to improve Pepperdine and make it a more agile and sustainable institution. The Waves of Innovation Committee and University President Andrew Benton reviewed the submissions and narrowed the field to eight semi-finalists, whose proposals were evaluated on their potential to increase the net resources available to support Pepperdine and/or to improve the University's reputation.