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C. L. Max Nikias

USC’s 11th president, C. L. Max Nikias is an accomplished scholar and innovator whose 21 years at USC have been characterized by vision and a talent for seeing and seizing opportunities. From his creation of a multimedia research center and his energetic tenure as dean of engineering, to the pacesetting initiatives he set in motion as USC’s provost, he has helped propel USC toward its goal of becoming one of the most productive and influential research universities in the world.
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Mrs. Niki C. Nikias, center, accompanied by USC Alumni Association President Ramona Capello, center left.
USC Trustee Edward P. Roski, Jr.; Gayle Garner Roski; Julie Mork; USC Trustee John Mork (chairman); Niki C. Nikias; USC President C. L. Max Nikias.

From the Office of the President

Widney Society sets course for USC’s future

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Widney Society Gala 2014

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.

Veterans Resource Center established for USC students

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Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus, left and USC President C. L. Max NikiasRetired 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 Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience breaks ground

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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 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.

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Presidential priorities

  • Transforming USC into a major hub of the emerging Age of the Pacific—by creating trans-Pacific alliances, by fully utilizing Los Angeles as a laboratory for trans-Pacific research, education and culture, and by building the foremost network of Pacific leaders.

  • Ensuring that the USC academic community serves as a key engine of intellectual, economic and cultural progress for the nation, and allowing its vast array of disciplines to be combined creatively in order to catalyze new knowledge and innovation.

  • Ensuring that USC promotes imagination and invention by creating a living and learning environment in which the university’s undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty are fluent in a wide variety of intellectual areas, ranging from classical literary works to the latest digital technologies.

  • Serving the neighborhoods around our two campuses through job creation and quality k-12 education. Further strengthening the legendary traditions of the Trojan Family.

  • Leading USC during the most ambitious fundraising campaign ever announced by an American university. This historic endeavor will raise $6 billion to support USC's faculty and students, as well as its academic priorities, capital projects, and essential infrastructure.