MALIBU, Calif. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Pepperdine University has added two new members to its Board of Regents and one of them is the leader of the 3rd largest city in Texas.

New regent Eric Johnson — the mayor of Dallas — will help shape policy and guide the direction of the University.

Johnson was elected mayor in June 2019, but has been a practicing lawyer in Dallas for more than 15 years. While a member of the Texas House of Representatives he served on nearly 20 prominent legislative committees and as chair of the Dallas Area Legislative Delegation.

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Johnson holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard University, a graduate degree from Princeton University, and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

The other regent named to the board is Pepperdine Caruso School of Law graduate Virginia F. Milstead, a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom in Los Angeles.

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