Marine (Ret.), Cyber Security Expert Scot Hutton Chosen as Pepperdine Business Graduation Student Speaker, Announces Graziadio School

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Distinguished Bachelor of Science in Management Student Graduates Pepperdine University Cum Laude

“Scot receives the honor having demonstrated outstanding academic performance and having represented the school’s mission and values both inside and outside of the classroom in exemplar fashion,” said Linda A. Livingstone, dean of the business school.

Earning a Bachelor of Science in Management (BSM) degree, Marine corporal (retired) and Ventura, California native Scot J. Hutton has been selected to deliver the graduating student speech at the summer commencement ceremony for the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University.

“Scot receives the honor having demonstrated outstanding academic performance and having represented the school’s mission and values both inside and outside of the classroom in exemplar fashion,” said Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., dean of the business school.

Pepperdine’s August 6, 2011 graduation will take place at Firestone Fieldhouse on the Malibu campus beginning at 10:30 a.m. Corporal Hutton will be joined on stage by keynote speaker and honorary doctorate recipient Richard G. Newman, AECOM founder and chairman of the board, and the Distinguished Alumni Award recipient and entrepreneur Bernard Kinsey, MBA ’73, a Los Angeles philanthropist and founder of KBK Enterprises, Inc.

Hutton graduates cum laude from the Graziadio School and a new inductee into Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honors society that recognizes business excellence.

Hutton started at Pepperdine University in 2009 shortly after retiring from the United States Marine Corps. While serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a crew chief, he was injured. After the Marines he transitioned to information systems security for the software company Intuit, where he served as a senior-level security analyst and systems engineer. Currently, he serves in a similar capacity at Harbor Freight Tools, the leading discount tool retailer.

Identified as an upcoming leader in cyber security, Hutton was invited to the inaugural United States Cyber Challenge (USCC), a national coalition of public-private sector entities collaborating to enhance the workforce with the next generation of cyber security professionals through skill development activities, mentoring, and resources, and the facilitation of scholarship, internship and employment opportunities. He hopes to return to the USCC as a volunteer instructor in the near future to encourage other students to continue their information security career. While enrolled at Pepperdine, Hutton addressed numerous technology management business classes as a guest speaker and provided a unique perspective on the current state of information security in America’s corporations.

In nominating Hutton as student speaker, Linnea McCord, Associate Professor of Business Law, said, “He chooses his classes not on whether he will get a good grade but on whether he will be challenged. He is exceptionally bright and hard-working, having earned an A in two of my classes, Business Law and Ethics, which is not an easy grade.”

In September, Hutton will return to Pepperdine to start his MBA degree. After completing the master’s program, he looks forward to launching his own business or working with small corporations.

About the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University
Founded on the core values of integrity, stewardship, courage, and compassion, Pepperdine University’s Graziadio (GRAT-ZEE-ah-DEE-oh) School of Business and Management has been developing values-centered leaders and advancing responsible business practice since 1969. Student-focused, experience-driven, and globally-oriented, the Graziadio School offers fully accredited MBA, Masters of Science, and bachelor’s completion business programs. More information found at http://bschool.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/.

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