University President


Dr. Steven Beazley has strived his whole life towards being one thing, many things—a renaissance man, of sorts.  His career has been about acquiring a collection of professional experiences that are purposely eclectic, requiring reinvention of self along the way. These experiences include being a professional actor/singer in his 20s, a doctoral student, psychotherapist and university professor in his 30s and a President/CEO of an arts and entertainment event center that included an 8,500 seat outdoor amphitheater featuring some of the biggest music acts in the world in his 40s.

He was a member of the acting company at the Tony Award winning South Coast Repertory, a regional theatre in Southern California, and a singer/songwriter for a local club touring band. Dr. Beazley earned a PsyD from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, where he also served as a professor upon graduation, and started a psychotherapy practice in Newport Beach, Ca. He was an entertainment executive until 2012, when he opened an Executive Coaching practice called Lean Forward Coaching. 

Dr. Beazley was a member of California Southern University’s Board of Directors and served as Core Faculty in the university’s School of Behavioral Sciences. He also served as adjunct faculty for Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology.

Dr. Beazley highly values physical fitness, as he believes in the mind, body and soul connection, and trains through the use of TRX suspension training methods and long distance running. He is an avid baseball fan, favoring the Los Angeles Angels and is a music enthusiast who counts the musician Sting as a most favored artist and a life guiding inspiration.

Dr. Beazley is poised to help guide the university into its next stage of growth and development including the now opened new world headquarters campus and the celebration of the university’s 40th Anniversary in 2018.

Associate of Arts (AA) – Orange Coast College
Bachelor of Arts (BA) – California State University, Long Beach
Master of Arts (MA) – Pepperdine University
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) – Pepperdine University

Dissertation: Silence in the Space Between: A Theoretical Model of Non-Activity in the Therapeutic Relationship

Dr. Steven Beazley on CalSouthern's unique culture

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