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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

USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience breaks ground

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USC President C. L. Max Nikias (left) presents philanthropist Gary K. Michelson, M.D. and his wife, Alya, the gift of a framed rendering during the USC Michelson Center Groundbreaking Celebration, Thursday October 23, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. (USC Photo/ Gus Ruelas)

USC President C. L. Max Nikias (left) presents philanthropist Gary K. Michelson, M.D. and his wife, Alya, the gift of a framed rendering during the USC Michelson Center Groundbreaking Celebration, Thursday October 23, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. (USC Photo/ Gus Ruelas)

USC made a historic first step in the interdisciplinary area of convergent bioscience, as campus leadership broke ground on the new USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience.

Generously supported by a $50 million gift from Gary K. Michelson, a retired orthopaedic spinal surgeon whose groundbreaking work generated more than 955 issued or pending patents worldwide, the center will be the cornerstone of a new collaboration between the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering that aims to transform how research is conducted at the intersection of engineering and the life and biomedical sciences.

“We have to get our government, on behalf of us collectively, to act — to invest catalytically in building out the infrastructure for a vast, medical research ecosystem that would be nucleated around the vision of this man,” Michelson said, indicating Nikias, “and this university and a commitment to medical research.”

Noting that USC is an engine for entrepreneurs, Michelson predicted Los Angeles will be the next hotbed for biomedical ventures. USC has long advocated creating biomedical research clusters that would foster new businesses and boost the economy.

“Los Angeles should become to medical research what Silicon Valley is to information technology. We owe it to the world. We owe it to LA. We need to invest in this,” he said.

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Monument honors CA legislator, USC alumnus Alfred Song

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(left to right) USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Leslie Song, and Korean Consul General Kim Hyun-myung Kim during the Unveiling Ceremony at the Wilshire/Western Alfred Hoyun Song Station Memorial Monument, Friday, October 3, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. (USC Photo/ Gus Ruelas)

(left to right) USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Leslie Song (daughter of the late Alfred Song), and Korean Consul General Kim Hyun-myung Kim during the unveiling ceremony. (USC Photo/ Gus Ruelas)

USC President C. L. Max Nikias, USC Trustee Edward P. Roski, Jr., alumni, friends, family and supporters of the late Honorable Alfred Hoyun Song gathered on October 3, 2014 to unveil the Alfred Hoyun Song memorial monument. The monument is located in the plaza outside of the Metro Purple Line Wilshire/Western Station in Koreatown.

Hon. Alfred Hoyun Song (1919 – 2004)  served in the California State Assembly, California Senate and as Chairman of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board.

Among his many achievements, Song was the first Korean American admitted to the California Bar and the first Asian American elected to the California State Legislature. His legislative record includes the creation of the California Evidence Code, and leadership on enhanced enforcement of child support, tightening of consumer protection laws, support of press freedom and improving the quality of available healthcare. Song graduated from USC with a bachelor’s degree in government in 1942 and in 1945, returned to complete his J.D. and LL.M. degrees at the USC Gould School of Law.

The memorial monument is engraved with a speech given by Senator Song in both Korean and English and was made possible by the Senator Song Commemoration Committee, chaired by Mr. Roski.

Annenberg Hall opens new era for communication and journalism

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MSNBC news anchor and USC alumna Alex Witt, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Wallis Annenberg, and Dean Ernest P. Wilson III of the USC Annenberg School.

MSNBC news anchor and USC alumna Alex Witt, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Wallis Annenberg, and Dean Ernest J. Wilson III of the USC Annenberg School.

The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism inaugurated a new era of digital media education, communication and production with the grand opening of the visionary Wallis Annenberg Hall on October 1, 2014.

A crowd of more than 500 students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni and friends of USC Annenberg cheered the ribbon-cutting that marked the official opening of the 88,000-square-foot, future-focused facility that rises from the center of USC’s campus. Cardinal and gold metallic streamers filled the air as members of the Trojan Marching Band trumpeted the occasion. School and university leaders heralded the building as an expression of the school’s dedication to transparency, collaboration and experimentation. As the digital media revolution pushes ahead, Wallis Annenberg Hall is uniquely prepared to help build the next generation of communicators.

“Thanks to philanthropist Wallis Annenberg, students will have access to the digital tools of the future in the richest of learning environments,” said USC President C. L. Max Nikias. “It is her sustained support of USC Annenberg that has allowed it to flourish, he said.”

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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.