As a graduate of the organizational leadership (OL) doctoral program in 2000, Dr. Kurt Takamine was already well on his way down a successful path. Currently, Takamine is the associate division chair of organizational leadership at Chapman University, overseeing a 22-campus program in California and Washington State. Prior to this, he was an executive trainer for companies such as Toyota, Honda, CapitalOne, Boeing, Raytheon, Shell Oil, U.S. Postal Service, and Northrop-Grumman.
Additionally, Takamine has written a book titled Servant-Leadership in the Real World: Recapturing our Humanity in the Workplace and is a referred editor for the International Journal of Servant-Leadership. He speaks nationally at human resources and organizational seminars, academic and business conventions, leadership conferences, executive retreat compounds, and for governmental agencies.
On March 31, 2006, Takamine received the Distinguished Educator of the Year award, sponsored by the Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Graduate School of Education and Psychology would like to congratulate Takamine on his many accomplishments and receiving this well-deserved award.
Takamine says, "I am so appreciative of the education I received via the GSEP faculty and administration and am such a strong proponent of the OL Ed.D. As the current chair of Chapman's OL program, I am the strongest advocate of Pepperdine for those looking to pursue their doctorate."