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Eric Duarte-McDermott Named Assistant Dean for Admissions & Program Relations at the School of Public Policy

June 22, 2020  | 2 min read

Eric Duarte-McDermott - Pepperdine School of Public Policy

Dean Pete Peterson announced the appointment of Eric Duarte-McDermott as the assistant dean for admissions & program relations at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy (SPP).

Duarte-McDermott brings a successful student recruiting background to SPP from his previous role at the University of California, Irvine, the Paul Merage School of Business. There, he launched the master of science in business analytics and master of finance programs before overseeing recruitment and admissions for the full-time master of business administration program as well as assisting with admissions and recruitment for the joint degrees, JD/MBA, MD/MBA, master of biotechnology management, and engineering management programs. Prior to the Merage School, Duarte-McDermott worked in recruitment and admissions at University of California, Riverside, Anderson School of Business; the University of Miami School of Business; and Claremont Graduate University Drucker School of Management. During Duarte-McDermott's time at University of Miami School of Business, he launched masters programs in finance, business analytics, economics, and international business while also assisting admissions and recruitment efforts for the full-time MBA and JD/MBA programs. At all three schools, he was the face of each program’s admissions efforts.

“I am excited to be joining a great team at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy and have the opportunity to work with a program that is helping to create impactful leadership,” stated Duarte-McDermott.   

Duarte-McDermott earned a JD/MBA from Claremont Graduate University Drucker School of Management and Southwestern Law School and a bachelor of arts degree in recording arts from Loyola Marymount University.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Eric as we recruit the next generation of public leaders,” said Pete Peterson, dean of SPP. “He brings an obvious passion for students, to Malibu at such a crucial time in the history of our program, but also in the history of our nation,” he added.

Duarte-McDermott assumed his official duties as assistant dean for admissions & program relations on June 1, 2020.