Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Today was a day of transitions at Pepperdine, as legendary Tax Prof Tom Bost retired after 16 years on the faculty, following an illustrious 31 year career as a tax associate and then partner at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles. Tom served for many years as member and chair of Pepperdine's Board of Regent and was Interim Dean when Pepperdine hired me (the only black mark on his otherwise distinguished career). Like everyone at Pepperdine, I have enormous respect and affection for Tom, and will miss his daily presence in our lives.
We shamelessly stole the idea from Michigan and organized a moving "clap-off" send-off for Tom's last class today, as the faculty and staff joined with Tom's students in sending him out of a Pepperdine classroom for the last time to thunderous applause (and not a few tears). Pepperdine will forever more be a profoundly different place because of this extraordinary man.