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C. L. Max Nikias

USC’s 11th president, C. L. Max Nikias is an accomplished scholar and innovator whose 21 years at USC have been characterized by vision and a talent for seeing and seizing opportunities. From his creation of a multimedia research center and his energetic tenure as dean of engineering, to the pacesetting initiatives he set in motion as USC’s provost, he has helped propel USC toward its goal of becoming one of the most productive and influential research universities in the world.
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Mrs. Niki C. Nikias, center, accompanied by USC Alumni Association President Ramona Capello, center left.
USC Trustee Edward P. Roski, Jr.; Gayle Garner Roski; Julie Mork; USC Trustee John Mork (chairman); Niki C. Nikias; USC President C. L. Max Nikias.
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From the Office of the President

Alia Tutor Chair in Reproductive Medicine

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USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Sylvester Stallone, USC Trustee Ronald N. Tutor, Alia Tutor, Richard Paulson (the holder of The Alia Tutor Chair in Reproductive Medicine)  and Carmen A. Puliafito, dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Sylvester Stallone, USC Trustee Ronald N. Tutor, Alia Tutor, Richard Paulson (the holder of The Alia Tutor Chair in Reproductive Medicine) and Carmen A. Puliafito, dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Alia Tutor, the wife of USC Trustee Ronald N. Tutor ’63, both longtime supporters of the university, is providing a gift to establish the Alia Tutor Chair in Reproductive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. The new chair will be housed in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The first holder of the chair is Richard Paulson, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, chief of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and director of USC Fertility.

Paulson has served as director of the fertility program at USC since 1986. He is an internationally recognized expert in fertility in women over age 40. He published several landmark investigations addressing the effect of age upon female fertility, including the first observation that egg donation could be used to extend the reproductive life span in women over 40.

Alia Tutor currently dedicates her time and leadership to the board of directors of Indego Africa, an organization that provides female artisans in war-torn Rwanda with education, leadership skills and other training to become successful businesswomen. She is also a former adviser to the United Nations’ Office for Partnerships.

Read the full article at USC News.

Mork Family Scholars meet their namesake benefactors

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Mork Family Scholars 2014

USC Trustee John Mork (top row, third from right) and his wife, Julie Mork (bottom row, right), hosted a retreat for USC Mork Family Scholars with USC President C. L. Max Nikias (top row, third from left) and his wife, Niki C. Nikias (bottom row, third from left).

The USC Mork Family Scholars were hosted by the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies during a weekend-long excursion to Catalina Island from April 12-13, 2014. While there, the students were welcomed by USC Trustee John Mork and his wife, Julie Mork, and USC President C. L. Max Nikias and his wife, Mrs. Niki C. Nikias.

The itinerary included discussions on leadership with John and Julie Mork, and an informal class on classics with President Nikias. Additional excursions included a visit to the plankton lab, nature hikes, and a tour of the island’s hyperbaric chamber.

USC Mork Scholarships are awarded to undergraduates based on academic merit. The scholarships include full tuition and a living stipend of $5,000 annually for four years, as well as guaranteed space in the honors residential college. The USC Mork Family Scholars program was created in 2011 with an exceptional gift of $110 million —the single largest gift in the university’s history for undergraduate scholarships and one of only seven gifts to USC of $100 million or more.

 

Literary luminaries celebrated in prelude to Festival of Books

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Eddy Hartenstein, C. L. Max Nikias, Davan Maharaj.

Eddy Hartenstein, C. L. Max Nikias, Davan Maharaj.

Los Angeles Times publisher, Eddy Hartenstein, University of Southern California President C. L. Max Nikias, and Los Angeles Times editor Davan Maharaj met informally before the start of the the Los Angeles Times Books Prize Ceremony on Friday, April 11, 2014 in USC’s Bovard Auditorium. Among the winners of this year’s Book Prize awards was USC alumna Susan Straight, who was awarded the 2013 Robert Kirsch Award for her fiction set in Southern California. The event was a prelude the 2014 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at the University of Southern California, the fourth consecutive year the weekend-long event has been held on the USC campus. Held annually in the spring, The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is the largest literary festival in the country.

Presidential priorities

  • Transforming USC into a major hub of the emerging Age of the Pacific—by creating trans-Pacific alliances, by fully utilizing Los Angeles as a laboratory for trans-Pacific research, education and culture, and by building the foremost network of Pacific leaders.

  • Ensuring that the USC academic community serves as a key engine of intellectual, economic and cultural progress for the nation, and allowing its vast array of disciplines to be combined creatively in order to catalyze new knowledge and innovation.

  • Ensuring that USC promotes imagination and invention by creating a living and learning environment in which the university’s undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty are fluent in a wide variety of intellectual areas, ranging from classical literary works to the latest digital technologies.

  • Serving the neighborhoods around our two campuses through job creation and quality k-12 education. Further strengthening the legendary traditions of the Trojan Family.

  • Leading USC during the most ambitious fundraising campaign ever announced by an American university. This historic endeavor will raise $6 billion to support USC's faculty and students, as well as its academic priorities, capital projects, and essential infrastructure.