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


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


USC mental health clinic’s opening celebrates vision for veterans

October 8, 2016 L-R: USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Workd dean Marilyn L. Flynn, Medal of Honor recipient Kyle White, Cohen Veterans Network CEO Anthony Hassan and Marvin Southard, clinic CEO and director of our Doctor of Social Work program formally open the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at USC. (Photo/Steve Cohn)

The grand opening of the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at USC celebrated a vision aimed at bringing the highest quality of mental health care to Los Angeles’ veterans and military families.

The downtown Los Angeles clinic was made possible by a $15.7 million grant from Cohen through his nonprofit Cohen Veterans Network. It offers free care to veterans and their families who are suffering from post-traumatic stress, mood disorders, substance abuse and other mental health issues.

Marvin Southard, clinic CEO


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