President Nikias speaks to NBC Los Angeles’ Conan Nolan

July 7, 2015 NBC Los Angeles' Conan Nolan speaks to USC President C. L. Max Nikias (Photo/NBC los Angeles)

On July 5, NBC Los Angeles aired veteran reporter Conan Nolan’s interview with USC President C. L. Max Nikias. The two covered a broad range of topics including biotechnology, USC Village, President Nikias’ vision for USC and the overall state of higher education.


Forging closer ties with Japan and the Pacific Rim

July 4, 2015 President Nikias is joined by the members of APRU's steering committee in a Kagami-biraki sake ceremony in Osaka (Photo: Eric Abelev/USC)

President C. L. Max Nikias returned from Japan this week, after chairing the 19th Annual President’s Meeting of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), hosted by Osaka University. President Nikias was elected chair of APRU in 2014.

Established in 1997 by the presidents of the California Institute of Technology, UC Berkeley, UCLA and USC, APRU today connects 45 premier Pacific Rim research universities. Together, APRU universities work to foster cooperation in education and contribute to the economic and scientific advancement


Wilson Center honors President Nikias

June 15, 2015 President C. L. Max Nikias accepts Wilson Center Award for Public Service from trustee and Wilson Center CEO Jane Harman and trustee Edward P. Roski Jr. (Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages /Wilson Center)

On Friday June 12, at a special event hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, USC President C. L. Max Nikias was honored as the recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service. USC trustee Edward P. Roski Jr. presented the award, citing President Nikias’ leadership in creating opportunities for local students through the Neighborhood Academic Initiative and through the LAPD Cadets program. Every year, the university invests more than $30 million in programs that directly benefit


President and first lady wrap up Europe trip with warm reception in Athens

May 29, 2015 President Nikias and Niki Nikias with US Ambassador to Germany John Emerson, and his wife, Kimberly


USC President C. L. Max Nikias, joined by first lady Niki C. Nikias, received a warm welcome upon returning to his undergraduate alma mater earlier this week for a special ceremony held in front of more than 100 faculty, senior administrators, family, and friends. President Nikias graduated from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 1977 and on Tuesday, was presented with an honorary doctorate in electrical and computer engineering by NTUA’s vice rector, Dimitrios Papantonis, and dean of


The Class of 2015 celebrates commencement amid raindrops and words of wisdom

May 15, 2015 USC President C. L. Max Nikias addresses the gathered crowd during Friday morning's commencement ceremony. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

As raindrops pelted caps and gowns during USC’s 132nd commencement ceremony, finance executive and main speaker Mellody Hobson offered USC graduates three words of wisdom to conquer any of life’s storms: Just add bravery.

“Bravery,” Hobson told the Trojans, “allows us to push beyond the boundaries that hold us back from living the lives that we want.”

More than 15,000 degrees were conferred to USC graduates, who hailed from each of the 50 states and from more than 115 nations. Despite their


Celebrating the first Mork Family Scholars graduating class

C. L. Max Nikias, Niki C. Nikias, John Mork and Julie Mork with the first ever graduating class of Mork Family Scholars (Photo/Steve Cohn)

Earlier this week, President Nikias and first lady Niki Nikias joined Chairman of the Board of Trustees John Mork and his wife Julie, to celebrate the first graduating class of Mork Family Scholars. The 19 graduates come from a broad range of disciplines encompassing the arts, sciences and engineering. Many attended the celebratory dinner with their parents.

In his remarks, President Nikias congratulated the scholars and paid tribute to the Morks—John and Julie, and their children, Allison and Kyle. “The Morks are a family


Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown offers unique perspective to USC students

May 8, 2015 USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Niki C. Nikias, Gordon Brown and USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay, from left, at a USC luncheon (Photo/Steve Cohn)

Gordon Brown, former prime minister of the United Kingdom, recently spent two weeks at USC, joining Steven Lamy, professor of international relations and vice dean for academic programs, in teaching the course “Case Studies in Modern Leadership.” Offering an intensive study of international politics and economics at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the class gave 82 undergraduates from diverse majors the opportunity to examine various dimensions of what the world may look like in 2025 from the perspective


President Nikias in conversation with Peter Marx

May 5, 2015

Earlier this year, President C. L. Max Nikias spoke to Peter Marx, Chief Innovation Technology Officer and Deputy Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, as part of the L.A. Live Talks Business Forum series of events. President Nikias discussed the virtues of the modern American research university as well as the areas he’s focused on as President of USC. The full video was recently published and is now available below.


High-energy enthusiasm greets President and First Lady in Texas

May 4, 2015 President C. L. Max Nikias and Niki Nikias with Cecilia Abbott, the First Lady of Texas, who attended USC's Trojan Family Reception in Austin. The Governor and First Lady are proud, soon-to-be Trojan parents.

President Nikias and First Lady, Niki Nikias, returned over the weekend from a three-day tour of Texas, including stops in Houston, Austin and Dallas. They hosted Trojan Family Receptions, meeting hundreds of alumni, parents, and other friends of the university during their whirlwind tour of the state.

In his remarks, President Nikias highlighted USC’s close bonds with Texas – as USC’s larger feeder state for students after California, as the home of USC’s largest alumni base outside of California, and as a


Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits USC

May 2, 2015 Touring the University Park Campus on May 2 are, from left: USC President C. L. Max Nikias; Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie Abe; and Niki C. Nikias. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan could not leave the U.S. without returning to USC.

Abe stopped at the University Park Campus on his way to Los Angeles International Airport on May 2, after a week of historic diplomacy that included a state dinner at the White House and the first address by a Japanese prime minister to a joint session of Congress.

It was Abe’s first time on campus in almost 40 years. He spent three semesters here in 1978 studying