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Meet the University Controller


Laura Ponder


 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. The Controller reports directly to the Chief Financial Officer.

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.

Laura serves her community through her Board position at Beauty Bus Foundation, which delivers kindness and compassion to seriously ill patients through beauty services. She was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2021, serving as Chairwoman of their Finance Committee.


Controller's Office Contact Information:
Email: laura.t.ponder@pepperdine.edu
Phone: (818) 702-1370
Fax: (818) 702-1361
Mail Code: 4497

Last Updated: 08/01/2022