Trojan Family Weekend

November 14, 2017

Delivered on October 13, 2017

Good morning!  And welcome to Trojan Family Weekend.

I am so delighted all of you are here.  It’s a great privilege to be able to share some time with you.

More than 3,600 parents and family members are visiting from 47 states and 21 countries.  Your presence here means so much to your children, but also to USC.

It seems like only yesterday that your sons and daughters were arriving at USC for the fall semester.  But it was


The Business of Biotech

June 14, 2017

Delivered on June 8, 2017

It’s a privilege for USC to host this important discussion about the business of biotech. I want to recognize USC Civic Engagement for organizing today’s event – Sayles, Paysinger, Escutia. And I want to welcome our colleagues from other colleges and universities, leaders in public service and private business, as well as our friends and neighbors from the local community.

As we talk about the future of this region, I am reminded of a parallel from the


State of the University Address

March 6, 2017

February 2017
C. L. Max Nikias

Serving as a member of the USC faculty for the past 25 years has been one of the greatest joys of my life. I have always admired our faculty’s competitiveness and ambition; creativity and foresight; collaborative spirit; and commitment to the most sacred values of the academy, which are ancient yet forever youthful.

These qualities have driven many victories of the human mind, body, and spirit. As a result, our scholarly work is more dynamic and influential


New Student Convocation

August 19, 2016

Delivered on August 18, 2016

This ceremony is a rite of passage, an enduring tradition that links the students of today with scholars across time and across continents. Today, we induct you into the academy, and we embrace you as scholars.


State of the University Address

April 13, 2016

State of the University Address
February 2016
C. L. Max Nikias

It’s always a great privilege to deliver this annual address. As you know, our faculty is the solid foundation on which all of our successes rest, and I am very proud to report on the incredible progress that has been made. At USC we value all of our faculty, no matter what kind of appointment they hold. Each of them contributes greatly to this university’s revered reputation for academic excellence.

The majority of


Building a New Global Higher Education Model

September 18, 2015


Originally published in the Huffington Post on September 17, 2015

Recent history is littered with examples of multinational corporations meeting spectacular failure on the international stage. Too often, cultural misunderstandings of other nations’ customer bases or corporate environments cripple a company’s efforts to enter foreign marketplaces. Not only have such catastrophic missteps cost companies billions of dollars, they have impeded the flow of goods and services in our increasingly globalized world.


New Student Convocation

August 21, 2015

Delivered on August 20, 2015

Today, we induct you into the academy, and we embrace you as scholars. We have gathered here in this place at a very pivotal moment in your lives, and a very pivotal moment in this university’s history. USC today is one of the academically elite universities, drawing the attention and envy of institutions from every corner of the world.


Students at private schools need help, too

April 13, 2015


Originally published in the Sacramento Bee Op-Ed section on April 8, 2015

Over the past month, hundreds of thousands of California high school seniors have received college acceptance letters. My institution, the University of Southern California, has 2,700 freshman slots and received nearly 52,000 applications – the third most of any private university in the country.

The vast majority of those we admitted rank in the top 10 percent of their high school’s graduating class. Even as USC


Los Angeles has the right DNA to become biotech hub

February 26, 2015

By C. L. Max Nikias

Originally published in The Los Angeles Times Op-Ed section on February 25, 2015

As the Great Recession decimated U.S. job growth, one sector continued to thrive: biotechnology. Encompassing everything from medical device manufacturing to biopharmaceutical development and the latest diagnostic tools, this industry will no doubt frame humanity’s most important advances in the 21st century.

California is home to two major biotechnology hubs—San Francisco and San Diego—but Los Angeles has been left behind. The paradox is that universities


Los Angeles Biotech Summit

Delivered on February 26, 2015 at the Los Angeles Biotech Summit

Good morning everyone! On behalf of the entire USC community, I am so pleased to welcome you to the Los Angeles Biotech Summit.

Today, through several panels of prestigious researchers and leaders from academia and industry and our community, we will explore the extraordinary possibilities for expanding the development of biotech in our region.

To some, the challenges may seem great. But to many, the prospects for success are far greater. By marshaling