Meet the University Controller

University Controller


Laura Ponder, CPA, MBA, was appointed Controller in May, 2019. She is responsible for oversight of key departments and functions including financial reporting, general accounting, finance systems, purchasing, payables, payroll, and tax services.


Prior to joining Pepperdine, she had a successful career as a Finance Director at University of Southern California. Mrs. Ponder obtained her CPA license during her time as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers, serving a variety of higher education clients. She earned her BA in Economics from the University of California Santa Barbara, and her Finance MBA from Pepperdine University.



Controller's Office Contact Information:

Phone: (818) 702-1370
Fax:     (818) 702-1361
Mail Code: 4497


Last Updated: 01/26/2021