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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.
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From the Office of the President

Viterbis honored at 10th anniversary of naming gift

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C. L. Max Nikias, Niki C. Nikias, Erna Viterbi, Andrew Viterbi

C. L. Max Nikias, Niki C. Nikias, Erna Viterbi, Andrew Viterbi

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering community celebrated the 10 year anniversary of the school’s naming gift on Sept. 30, 2014. The $52 million gift was generously bestowed by Andrew and Erna Viterbi in 2004, and the gift was a milestone for the university under the dean of that time, C. L. Max Nikias, now president of USC.

Communications pioneer and USC Trustee Andrew J. Viterbi — who in 1962 earned one of the first doctorates in electrical engineering granted at the University of Southern California — is widely recognized as the engineer whose work enabled the development of CDMA mobile phones, wi-fi, and host of other current technologies. Read full story.

President Nikias honored at LAPD Museum Gala

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On September 20,  2014, USC President C. L. Max Nikias was honored as the recipient of the Los Angeles Police Museum’s 21st Annual Jack Webb Awards. The award is presented annually to individuals who make positive contributions to their communities by partnering with law enforcement.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck presented the Award to President Nikias in recognition of his and USC’s longstanding work and close cooperation.

Beck said, “President Nikias has been an extraordinary partner and exceptional friend, not only to me, but to the men and women who proudly serve the City of Los Angeles. He exemplifies the values and traditions of the Los Angeles Police Department and is deserving of the Jack Webb Award for his significant commitment to the LAPD and life-long support of the entire law enforcement community.”

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Building a new future for business education

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Fertitta Hall groundbreaking

Left to right: James G. Ellis Dean, USC Marshall School of Business; Jill Fertitta; Frank Fertitta; and USC President C. L. Max Nikias during the Jill and Frank Fertitta Hall Groundbreaking Celebration. (USC Photo / Gus Ruelas)

The University of Southern California made a first step toward a new building for undergraduate business education as USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Dean James Ellis, and Jill and Frank Fertitta broke ground for the new Jill and Frank Fertitta Hall on September 19, 2014. Generously supported by Jill and Frank Fertitta (Frank Fertitta is a 1984 graduate of the USC Marshall School of Business), Fertitta Hall will transform the educational environment at USC Marshall, facilitating more collaborative and technology-enabled learning experiences with state-of-the-art classrooms and expanded student areas. Standing in a prominent location on the southeast corner of the University Park Campus at the intersection of Figueroa Street and Exposition Drive, within view of the university’s main entrance, the new building will increase USC Marshall’s undergraduate student capacity by close to one-third.

“Thanks to the Fertittas’ inspired generosity, USC’s students will develop the skills they need to thrive in our globally interconnected world,” said USC President C. L. Max Nikias. “As the nature of business continues to evolve, Fertitta Hall will ensure that our students receive a world-class education in a world-class facility.”

Read the full article about the Fertittas’ philanthropy at USC News.

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.