At Westmont, Beebe quickly launched a strategic planning process that has produced results in many areas, including progress toward completing the campus master plan and building a strong financial base. Working closely with the Office of College Advancement, he has helped raise more than $100 million for Westmont through efforts such as the Bright Hope for Tomorrow capital campaign that helped fund Adams Center for the Visual Arts, Winter Hall for Science and Mathematics, an observatory and renovated athletic facilities, adding 81,300 square feet to campus. The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art received its first substantial donation to the permanent collection in 2012: 11 paintings by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. In addition, the college has renovated 44,565 square feet in nine buildings.
Envisioning an institute for each of Westmont’s five planks (liberal arts, Christian, global, residential and undergraduate), Beebe helped established the Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture and the Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation. He has developed a proposal for the Westmont Institute for Global Learning and Leadership and is seeking funding for this innovative program and facility. He also presided over the successful recovery from the 2008 Tea Fire, which destroyed eight college buildings and landscaping on a third of the campus.
An active scholar, Beebe has published numerous articles and edited several publications. His latest book is The Shaping of an Effective Leader: Eight Formative Principles of Leadership (InterVarsity Press, 2011). He co-authored Longing for God: Seven Paths of Christian Devotion with Richard Foster (InterVarsity Press, 2009), and spent five years working with Foster, Dallas Willard, Lynda Graybeal and Thomas Oden to produce the acclaimed Life with God Bible.
Beebe attended Westmont for a semester in 1980 while earning his bachelor’s degree at George Fox University in Oregon. He received master’s degrees in divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, in philosophy of religion and theology from Claremont Graduate University, and in business administration in strategic management from the Peter F. Drucker School at Claremont Graduate University. He completed his doctorate in philosophy of religion and theology at Claremont Graduate University in 1997. Prior to leading Spring Arbor University, he served as dean of the school of theology at Azusa Pacific University. Under his leadership, Spring Arbor was named a top-tier university by U.S. News & World Report.
Beebe serves on the boards of Santa Barbara’s United Way, the Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and the Christian College Consortium. As a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), he chairs the Tax Policy Committee. Beebe and his wife, Pam, have three children.