President Nikias introduces USC college pipeline access blueprint in Washington D.C.

May 2, 2017 USC President C. L. Max Nikias joins POLITICO co-founder and Editor-in-Chief John Harris for a discussion of college access. (Photo/Dave Scavone)

Following a packed schedule of meetings with lawmakers in Washington DC last week, USC hosted a reception for more than 200 alumni, elected officials and political staffers. Partnering with Politico, USC announced the release of its Blueprint for Expanding the College Pipeline, and Nikias engaged in a discussion about college access with Politico’s co-founder and editor-in-chief, John Harris.

Nikias highlighted the success of USC’s Neighborhood Academic Initiative, its USC Rossier-affiliated charter schools and the university’s recruitment of community college students. Together, these programs


Nikias leads delegation of trustees and administrators to nation’s capital

USC President C. L. Max Nikias walks outside the Capitol on April 26. (USC Photo/Eric Abelev)

USC President C. L. Max Nikias led a group of trustees and university leaders to the nation’s capital on April 26 for a series of meetings with legislators.

The group started its morning at a briefing session at the offices of The Washington Post, hosted by USC Trustee and Washington Post Publisher and CEO Fred Ryan.

Following an introduction by Ryan and a presentation by Washington Post National Political Correspondent Robert Costa, the delegation split into two groups, led respectively by Nikias


USC presents Rick Caruso with its most distinguished alumni honor

May 1, 2017 Rick Caruso, left, receives the Asa V. Call Award from USC President C. L. Max Nikias. (USC Photo/Steve Cohn)

USC honored Trustee Rick J. Caruso ’80 with its most distinguished alumni honor, the Asa V. Call Award, at its 84th annual Alumni Awards on April 22.

The Asa V. Call Award is given to an alumnus who has shown exceptional commitment to the university and the community by generously giving their time, energy and leadership.

“Rick Caruso’s immense pride for USC is unsurpassed, and his love of the school is visible across our campuses,” USC President C. L. Max Nikias said.


Brig. Gen. Viet Luong headlines 7th Annual USC Veteran and ROTC Gala

March 23, 2017 USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Brig. Gen. Viet Luong posing with ROTC students. (Photo/Steve Cohn)

Telling the stories of a narrow escape from Vietnam and an immigrant’s struggle in America, Brig. Gen. Viet Luong captured hearts and minds at an event that brought the Trojan and military families together Wednesday evening.

Luong gave the keynote address at the seventh annual gala for USC veterans and ROTC students at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

“This fabled story only happens here,” said Luong, who in 2014 became the first U.S. military general born in Vietnam. “I


USC delegation puts Cal Grants in focus in Sacramento

March 9, 2017 USC President C. L. Max Nikias and delegation members meet with key legislators in Sacramento. (USC Photo/Eric Abelev)

USC President C. L. Max Nikias led a delegation of trustees and senior administrators to meet with lawmakers March 8 at the State Capitol in Sacramento.

USC delegates visited state Attorney General Xavier Becerra as well as legislators including state Sens. Kevin De Leon, Ed Hernandez, Ricardo Lara and Holly Mitchell and Assembly Members Kevin McCarty and Phil Ting. Nikias also hosted lunch for a number of lawmakers to discuss key issues facing USC and its students.

Topping the agenda was a proposed a


Shri Narayanan named first holder of the Niki and C. L. Max Nikias Chair in Engineering

February 23, 2017 Shri Narayanan receives a replica of the Niki and C. L. Max Nikias Chair in Engineering. (Photo/Steve Cohn)

USC’s first endowed chair named after the university’s current president and his wife is now officially held by Professor Shri Narayanan of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

An interdisciplinary researcher known for far-ranging work that seeks to improve society and the human condition, Narayanan is a professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering. He also holds appointments in computer science, linguistics, psychology, neuroscience and pediatrics.

Narayanan was installed as the first holder of the Niki and C. L. Max


USC caps off week’s worth of outreach in Taipei

February 21, 2017 Taiwan Vice President Chen Chien-jen, right, with USC President C. L. Max Nikias (USC Photo/Eric Abelev)

A high-level delegation led by USC President C. L. Max Nikias completed a successful week of outreach and connections in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei on Feb. 21. The delegation’s purpose was to strengthen existing links with Taiwanese institutions and explore new opportunities for partnerships in Taiwan.

“USC is committed to supporting scholarly talent across the globe, and Taiwan has long been a source of outstanding students and research partnerships for our university,” Nikias said. “I am confident that this delegation


David Cameron, former British prime minister, speaks at USC

February 7, 2017 David Cameron on campus with USC President C. L. Max Nikias on Feb. 2. (USC Photo/Steve Cohn)

The benefits of globalization and the values that bind the U.K. and the U.S. took center stage as David Cameron, former prime minister of the U.K., visited USC on Thursday.

Cameron addressed more than 1,000 at Bovard Auditorium as part of USC President C. L. Max Nikias’ Distinguished Lecture series.

“He pushed through welfare reform, reduced the number of people living in poverty, and helped create more than 1.5 million new jobs,” Nikias said. “He introduced a national living wage, won passage


USC president C. L. Max Nikias wraps up successful week in Davos

January 23, 2017 President C. L. Max Nikias in Davos with the presidents of two important partner universities: Mario Monti, former prime minister of Italy and current president of Bocconi University in Milan and Tony Chan, president of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The three universities jointly operate the World Bachelor in Business program.

USC President C. L. Max Nikias returned to Los Angeles from Davos, Switzerland, after attending the 2017 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF). The annual gathering brings together industry leaders, policy makers and heads of state from across the world. Discussions focused on a theme of ‘responsive and responsible leadership’ and examined topics such as globalization and the societal impacts of key technological advances. 

During the week, Nikias participated in the annual meeting of the Global University


Trojans, far from their families, spend Thanksgiving with the USC president

November 28, 2016 Trojans, far from their families, spend Thanksgiving with the USC president instead

For Budapest, Hungary-born USC sophomore Lilla Spanyi, Thanksgiving is so special precisely because it is an American holiday.

“My family doesn’t actually celebrate Thanksgiving, but I am in a weird position where I consider myself American because of the culture and the people, and I can’t really imagine a future for myself anywhere else,” said Spanyi, a Trustee Scholar and member of the Trojan Marching Band Silks. “That is why Thanksgiving has always been a holiday I wanted to celebrate, but