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 Destined Reign of Troy”

November 4, 2014 C. L. Max Nikias, president of USC

Dr. C. L. Max Nikias is the 11th president of the University of Southern California. Under his leadership, USC now stands among the world’s leading and most selective private research universities. USC is also one of the most economically diverse institutions in the nation, providing more than $300 million in student financial aid from its own funds every year.


Welcome back to campus, fellow Trojans

October 19, 2014 USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Niki C. Nikias celebrate homecoming weekend on campus before the USC-Colorado football game. Photo by Karen Ballard.

More than 80,000 USC alumni, students, and Trojan Family members gathered during a weekend of festivities and spirit for Homecoming 2014. USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Mrs. Niki C. Nikias welcomed alumni organizations representing many facets of the more than 350,000 living alumni across the globe. Pictured here, Dr. and Mrs. Nikias celebrate the day with the USC Latino Alumni Association.


Message to Ambassadors

August 25, 2014

August 29, 2014

Niki and I are eager to begin a new academic year at the university—our fifth as president and first lady of USC—and hope you had a wonderful summer.  We are certainly pleased to be back, and to feel the energy of our new and returning students and faculty.  We draw such pride from our Trojan Family, and from our collective strength, creativity, and kindness.

I am always humbled by the generous support of USC—at all levels, and this summer


USC Trustee Ming Hsieh Honored by Asia Society

May 20, 2014 Eva Hsieh, Niki C. Nikias, C. L. Max Nikias, Eric Garcetti, Thomas E. McLain, Ming Hsieh

At a gala dinner on May 19, 2014 hosted by the Asia Society of Southern California, USC Trustee Ming Hsieh was honored as the 2014 Philanthropist of the Year, presented with the award by USC President C. L. Max Nikias.

Ming Hsieh earned a B.S. (1983) and M.S. (1984) in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. Soon after earning his degrees, he founded two highly successful companies, AMAX Information Technologies (1985) and Cogent, Inc. (1990), of which he is


Alia Tutor Chair in Reproductive Medicine

April 18, 2014 USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Sylvester Stallone, USC Trustee Ronald N. Tutor, Alia Tutor, Richard Paulson (the holder of The Alia Tutor Chair in Reproductive Medicine) and Carmen A. Puliafito, dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Alia Tutor, the wife of USC Trustee Ronald N. Tutor ’63, both longtime supporters of the university, is providing a gift to establish the Alia Tutor Chair in Reproductive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. The new chair will be housed in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The first holder of the chair is Richard Paulson, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, chief of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and director of USC Fertility.

Paulson has served


Continuing the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 18, 2014 Patrick Soon-Shiong, M.D., USC President C.L. Max Nikias and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas talk during the 22nd Empowerment Congress Summit at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, January 18, 2014. (Photo: USC / Gus Ruelas)

As the 2014 year began, USC hosted key events that celebrate the ongoing legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The 22nd annual Empowerment Congress, chaired by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, brought together stakeholders from civic organizations, faith-based organizations, private businesses, and community-based organizations to identify issues of justice and equality in Los Angeles.

(left to right) USC President C.L. Max Nikias, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck California, Attorney General Kamala Harris and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca