USC President Nikias honored by Federation of Cypriot American Organizations

September 25, 2016 USC President C. L. Max Nikias, left, is presented a replica of the Kyrenia ship by Republic of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, center, and FCAO President Kyriakos Papastylianou. (Photo/Stamati Boundouris)

USC President C. L. Max Nikias was the honoree at the 2016 Testimonial Dinner hosted by the Federation of Cypriot American Organization (FCAO) in New York on Friday.

Nikias was recognized for outstanding academic achievements and leadership and was presented a replica of the Kyrenia ship by Republic of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and FCAO President Kyriakos Papastylianou. A merchant ship that sailed the Mediterranean in the fourth century B.C., the Kyrenia ship is a symbol of national pride for Cyprus.



USC community pauses to remember Steven B. Sample

March 31, 2016 The crowd applauds during Wednesday’s interfaith service in memory of Steven B. Sample. (USC Photo/David Sprague)

The midday hubbub of the USC University Park Campus took a brief pause Wednesday as several hundred students, staff, faculty and friends paused to remember Steven B. Sample, the university’s 10th president, who died Tuesday.

Sample led USC from 1991 to 2010, a period in which the university quickly rose into the ranks of the nation’s elite, launched unprecedented community service programs and increased diversity among the faculty and staff.

USC President C. L. Max Nikias remembers Steven B. Sample


USC Global Conference 2015 opens in Shanghai

October 29, 2015 USC President C. L. Max Nikias speaks as the 2015 USC Global Conference gets underway in Shanghai. (USC Photo)

SHANGHAI – The 2015 USC Global Conference opened at the Grand Hyatt Shanghai today with a record attendance of more than 700 at the welcome dinner to start the event. Guests were treated to special performances by local artists and USC students.

The conference runs through Saturday and features presentations and discussions among USC researchers, Chinese business leaders and other global executives and academic leaders.

“Our entire delegation is extremely grateful that so many have come from all corners of this country, and from


President Nikias speaks to NBC Los Angeles’ Conan Nolan

July 7, 2015 NBC Los Angeles' Conan Nolan speaks to USC President C. L. Max Nikias (Photo/NBC los Angeles)

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.


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

During Dr. Nikias’ tenure as president, USC is emerging as a global research university with an undisputed academically-elite status, due to a number of strategic initiatives that include: recruiting a cadre of transformative, world-class faculty and accelerating the expansion of the university’s academic medical enterprise; broadening USC’s international presence; dramatically improving the breadth and quality of its outstanding student body; improving the university’s infrastructure, including the development of the USC Village; and aggressively advancing the largest fundraising campaign in the history of higher education.


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.