USC President C. L. Max Nikias with Emilio Lozoya Austin, CEO of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) in Davos, Switzerland
USC President C.L. Max Nikias just returned from Davos, Switzerland, where he attended the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting last week. The event convenes 2,500 industry and national leaders from across the world to discuss international challenges and shape global agendas.
While at the Annual Meeting, President Nikias participated as a special guest in the annual governors meeting of the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF). The GULF group consists of the top administrators of the world’s leading research universities who convene regularly to cultivate partnerships, exchange ideas and tackle crucial issues. Outside of his engagement with the GULF group, President Nikias’ schedule consisted of interactive sessions and meetings with national and industry leaders.
He also contributed written commentary on online education’s greatest promise, which was published on Agenda, an online publication of the World Economic Forum. The full article is available here.
USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, and LA District Attorney Jackie Lacey. (USC Photo / Gus Ruelas)
USC hosted an event on campus on January 10, 2014 in cooperation with the Los Angeles Police Department, marking the ongoing legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The law enforcement community came together for the 6th annual Los Angeles Police Department Martin Luther King Breakfast, attended by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson, new Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell and Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey. USC President C. L. Max Nikias welcomed police officers and city officials prior to a keynote address by United States District Judge Andre Birotte, Jr.
USC President Nikias, author Joseph Pine, and USC Trustee Rick Caruso during lunch at the USC Experience Retreat held at USC in Los Angeles, CA. Nov 20, 2014. USC Photo / David Sprague.
“Why do people go to university?” author B. Joseph Pine II asked a roomful of USC leaders.
It’s not for the ideas or the books or the classroom instruction, he said. It’s not even for the out-of-classroom encounters, though that’s getting a bit closer.
“It’s because they’re looking to be transformed.”
The renowned author and business consultant was the featured speaker at this year’s President’s Leadership Retreat, held Nov. 20. Some 400 USC managers gathered in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center ballroom that morning to listen and then brainstorm on the university’s place in what Pine has dubbed “the experience economy.”
The event doubled as the formal launch of The USC Experience initiative, a new push to integrate Pine’s business ideas into the fabric of Trojan life.
Read the full article on USC News.
USC President C.L. Max Nikias greets the Los Angeles Police Department cadets prior to the LAPD Cadet Press Conference, Wednesday, November 19, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. (USC Photo/ Gus Ruelas)
In an ongoing commitment to fostering community partnerships throughout the city, USC has awarded the Los Angeles Police Department a $100,000 annual grant to support its burgeoning Cadet Leadership Program.
The annual award will help the LAPD expand its signature community youth program, which has 6,000 active members age 13 to 20 from every part of the Los Angeles area. With USC’s support, the LAPD Cadet Leadership Program can continue to help students from all walks of life achieve academic excellence, develop character and leadership skills, and lead productive lives.
“This support speaks to USC’s confidence in these young women and men, and our shared commitment — along with LAPD — to our community and its youth,” USC President C. L. Max Nikias said Wednesday morning before presenting the award.
“These cadets are our future. Look at them. It’s America’s future,” Nikias said. “The USC community stands with them, not only today, but every day for the many, many years to come.”
Read the full article on USC News.
USC President C. L. Max Nikias and USC Trustee Dominic Ng
For the first time since the alliance formed between USC and Pacific Asia Museum one year ago, more than 550 supporters and friends of the museum gathered for the annual Festival of the Autumn Moon Gala.
The event, in its 37th year, honored Dominic Ng, chairman and CEO of East West Bank, for his business and civic leadership as well as his passion and support of Asian art and culture.
USC President C. L. Max Nikias cited Ng’s stellar leadership in business and his passion for the arts, in addition to praising the partnership between USC and Pacific Asia Museum.
USC Pacific Asia Museum Director Christina Yu Yu thanked sponsors, volunteers and friends whose steadfast support made the evening possible and allows for the museum’s continued commitment to the arts.
Read more at USC News.
USC Trustee John Mork, Julie Mork, Niki C. Nikias, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Lynn Booth, Gail Garner Roski, USC Trustee Edward P. Roski, Jr., USC Trustee William J. Schoen
Following in the pioneering vision of USC founder Judge Robert Maclay Widney, USC honored its philanthropic leaders at the 3rd annual Widney Society Gala. Benefactors who have donated $1 million or more in gifts or pledges to the university are inducted at this annual event, recognizing their extraordinary generosity and foresight in creating an enduring legacy for the future at USC. The gala evening event is set right outside Widney Alumni House, the university’s oldest buildings, now enhanced with a newly commissioned bronze statue of the university’s founding father.
The historic $6 billion Campaign for USC, launched in 2011, has raised $3.74 billion to date, with the generous support of more than 250,000 donors.
Retired Army General David Petraeus, left, and USC President C. L. Max Nikias, right, show their engraved wooden Trojan swords. The swords were presented to them by the USC Student Veterans Association for their help in opening USC Veterans Resource Center, on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. (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.
Read the complete article at USC News.
(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.
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.”