Latrissa Neiworth

Contributing Faculty
Latrissa Neiworth
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
Doctor of Education (EdD)

Dr. Neiworth holds a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University, a Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Teaching from Fresno Pacific University, a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a minor in Economics from Oregon State University, and an Associate of Arts in Journalism Arts Technology from Mt. Hood Community College.

She is a renowned educator, researcher, and leadership advocate with more than 25 years of experience in these disciplines. In 2021, she was named one of the Top Visionaries in Education at the international Global Forum for Education and Learning.


Dr. Neiworth has served as a dissertation chair, methodologist, and committee member for more than two dozen doctoral dissertations in leadership, business, education, and technology over the past five years, and occasionally teaches doctoral level organizational leadership and change courses at Pepperdine.

Dr. Neiworth has served as the Dean of the School of Business, Leadership & Technology at Bushnell University in Eugene, OR. and previously as the Dean of Business at Warner Pacific University. During her tenure there, she quadrupled the degree offerings in undergraduate, adult degree majors and graduate degrees, and started a unique MBA program; developed partnerships with area community colleges and high schools, developed a strategic plan and communications strategy to increase enrollment, created an internship fair, and began the process for department accreditation involving local business partners.


She also coordinated the regional Leadership Institute through the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington and served as a consulting curriculum developer for international online curriculum provider, Study.com.


Prior to her career in higher education, Dr. Neiworth served in several public service and government positions in management and communications for the State of Oregon. She also owned and operated several successful business enterprises including a corporate training and consulting service, a specialty retail store, and a documentary production house.


A prolific writer, she has published hundreds of journalistic articles over the years, as well as written book chapters and research pieces for peer-reviewed journals. An Emmy-nominated documentarian, she has produced and directed award-winning documentaries and news pieces during her previous print and broadcast journalism career.


A first-generation college student and lifelong Christian, Dr. Neiworth has been a eucharistic minister, catechism instructor, lecturer, and faith Leader at several Catholic churches throughout the years, as well as an active participant in World Vision.