September 24, 2015
August 27, 2015
Nikias is Southern California’s first awardee.
The Carnegie Corporation of New York honored USC President C. L. Max Nikias today with its Academic Leadership Award. Nikias is the organization’s first awardee in Southern California.
The foundation established in 1911 by industrialist Andrew Carnegie bestows the accolade every other year, which comes with a $500,000 grant to further academic initiatives. The award is granted to a select number of university presidents “demonstrating vision and outstanding commitment to excellence and equity fulfilling their administrative
August 25, 2015
Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland made USC one of his key stops during a visit to Los Angeles this week.
Hoyer, the second-ranking member of Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives, joined USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Provost Michael Quick, Senior Vice President of University Relations Thomas S. Sayles and Provost Professors Andy McMahon and Ray Stevens — director of The Bridge Institute — for breakfast at the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem
July 7, 2015
At a university steeped in traditions, this is the one that gets everything started: the Fall New Student Convocation. Take a look at some of the sights captured around campus during welcome week here.
July 4, 2015
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.
June 15, 2015
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
May 29, 2015
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
May 15, 2015
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
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
May 8, 2015
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
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