USC delegation brings key concerns to Washington

April 24, 2015 USC Chief of Staff Dennis Cornell, President C. L. Max Nikias, and Trustees Bruce M. Ramer and Christopher Cox pose with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Washington D.C. (USC Photo/Eric Abelev)

WASHINGTON — With cherry blossoms blooming and spring in full swing, USC President C. L. Max Nikias led a delegation of trustees, senior administrators and deans to the nation’s capital Wednesday.

Running two concurrent tracks led by Nikias and Provost Michael Quick, delegates discussed with lawmakers a number of pressing issues affecting higher education including research funding, student aid, veteran care and a White House proposal to rate the nation’s post-secondary institutions.

Delegates met with a bipartisan group including: Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.); Sen.


USC delegation brings Cal Grants plea to Sacramento

April 9, 2015 Stopping during their visit to Sacramento are, from left: Trustee Christopher Cox; Randolph Hall, vice president of research; Martha Escutia, vice president, government relations; Thomas Sayles, senior vice president, university relations; Provost Michael Quick; Gov. Jerry Brown; Trustee Robert Padgett; President C. L. Max Nikias; Trustee Lisa Barkett and husband Bill Barkett; and Dean of Financial Aid Thomas McWhorter. (USC Photo/Eric Abelev)

USC President C. L. Max Nikias led a delegation of trustees and senior administrators to the State Capitol in Sacramento today to speak with Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers including Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff, Assemblymember Reggie Sawyer-Jones and Senator Kevin De Leon.

USC delegates stressed the importance of maintaining the current level of Cal Grant awards, which provide support for low- and middle-income students pursuing undergraduate degrees.

Support cuts

While Cal Grants for students at public institutions have increased in value, students


President Nikias addresses Mexico’s Council of Foreign Relations

March 5, 2015 USC President C. L. Max Nikias addressed Mexico’s Council of Foreign Relations (COMEXI) on Thursday, March 5, 2015; here, Nikias is seen with COMEXI President Jaime Zabludovsky. (USC Photo/Eric Abelev)

Hghlighting the potential of educational diplomacy, USC President C. L. Max Nikias spoke this morning to members of Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales (COMEXI), Mexico’s Council of Foreign Relations. COMEXI’s members include foreign and Mexican diplomats, industry leaders, elected officials and various government and non-governmental organizations.

In his remarks, Nikias stressed the important and evolving role research universities will play in supporting and promoting global partnerships and development and described the initiatives USC is undertaking to be at the center of this international push.


USC honors Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña

March 4, 2015 Undersecretary Alcocer accepts Judge Widney Award on behalf of Foreign Secretary Meade

At a special reception and dinner Tuesday at Mexico City’s historic Palacio de Autonomía, USC President C. L. Max Nikias honored Mexican Foreign Secretary José Antonio Meade Kuribreña with the inaugural Judge Widney Award.

Nikias presented the award in recognition of Meade’s leadership and the important gains Mexico’s foreign ministry has made in establishing educational diplomacy and building research and innovation partnerships between Mexico and the United States.


USC delegation strengthens Mexico ties

March 3, 2015 CONACYT’s Maria Dolores Sanchez Soler and USC President C. L. Max Nikias sign an agreement to create up to 30 postdoctoral fellowships for Mexican scholars to study at USC. (USC Photo)

USC President C. L. Max Nikias is in Mexico City with a delegation of trustees, senior administrators and deans to strengthen partnerships with leading Mexican institutions and foster ties with alumni, parents and prospective students.

The delegation was invited by Mexico’s foreign secretary, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña.

“Over the last four years, USC has nearly quadrupled its Mexican student base, as a result of an enhanced focus on research partnerships, scholarship agreements and student mobility collaborations,” Nikias said.


Mexico City presidential delegation kicks off

March 2, 2015 Grupo Financiero Inbursa chairman Marco Antonio Slim (son of Carlos Slim) met with President C. L. Max Nikias in Mexico City to discuss opportunities in online education

USC’s Mexico City presidential delegation is officially underway, with a full schedule of events and meetings that began today. The visit brings together Trustees, Deans and senior administrators who will work towards deepening USC’s ties with Mexican universities, companies and other institutions. President Nikias has identified Mexico as a key priority for USC and over the last four years, the university has increased efforts to build partnerships for research, student mobility and scholarships. These efforts have yielded impressive results with the number of Mexican students enrolled at USC quadrupling since 2010.


USC summit marks rebirth of biotech era in Los Angeles

February 26, 2015 (left to right) USC Trustee Frank Cruz, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and USC President C. L. Max Nikias during the Los Angeles Biotech Summit at the University of Southern California Health Sciences Campus, Thursday, February 25, 2015. USC Photos/Gus Ruelas

Los Angeles city and county policymakers and educational institutions are laying the groundwork for the region’s biotechnology strategy at a summit today on the USC Health Sciences Campus.

The Los Angeles Biotech Summit draws leaders from business, academia and government to discuss ways to build the industry and, in turn, create more jobs.

“Today, we gather at a most auspicious moment in the history of medicine and the biological sciences. Each day brings advances that not only improve how long we live, but how well we live. Now, we have an opportunity to usher in progress and economic development, here in the heart of our city,” said USC President C. L. Max Nikias.


Nikias comes to defense of the research university

February 19, 2015 C. L. Max Nikias

In his 2015 addresses to faculty and staff, USC President C. L. Max Nikias delivered a full-throated defense of the research university.

Speaking Feb. 11 to faculty at Town & Gown, he responded to a recent wave of criticism in the media over ballooning tuition, crushing student debt and uncertainty about the market value of a college education.

Nikias acknowledged that these are legitimate concerns.


Nikias and Solis discuss biotech

Hilda Solis, LA County Supervisor, and USC President C. L. Max Nikias.

USC President C. L. Max Nikias met with Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis ’81 to discuss how to bring more economic development to the First District, which encompasses the university’s Health Sciences Campus.

Jobs are an area of expertise for Solis, who until 2013 was President Barack Obama’s Secretary of Labor. Solis is also part of the Trojan Family, having earned a master of public administration degree at USC.


Connecting with global leaders in Davos

January 27, 2015 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.