A Year Together Apart and a Salute to Staff: Spring 2021

New Faces

Five new leaders have joined USC, and one longstanding Trojan has taken on a new role. After an extensive search, the university named its first chief inclusion and diversity officer, as well as a senior vice president for communications. New administrators for Title IX/equity programs, admissions and university relations also joined the university. In addition, USC selected an experienced administrator for its effort to reach out to small businesses. Learn more about these leaders below.

Michele Turner

USC’s Office of Business Diversity and Economic Opportunity focuses on diverse local businesses

Led by Michèle G. Turner, a new push is underway to build powerful working relationships with diverse businesses near both USC campuses — with social justice, opportunity and inclusion as part of the business plan.

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Christopher Manning

USC announces first chief inclusion and diversity officer

As part of President Carol L. Folt’s senior leadership team, Christopher Manning will reinforce the university’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and belonging.

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Kyle Henley

Experienced leader to join USC as senior vice president of communications

Kyle Henley, a Southern California native, will provide strategic direction on how to best share the university’s academic vision and community impact.

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USC’s new equity and Title IX expert guided by desire to help people through tough times

Attorney and higher ed leader Catherine Spear sees respect, access and inclusion at the heart of her work to prevent and address misconduct and discrimination.

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Experienced administrator to oversee USC admissions and enrollment

Kedra Ishop brings decades of higher education expertise to her new role as vice president for enrollment management at USC.

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USC names Samuel Garrison senior vice president of university relations

Garrison will direct a more robust department dedicated to community partnerships, civic leadership and collaboration with local businesses, schools and neighbors.

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