Passing of Steven B. Sample

March 29, 2016

March 29, 2016

Dear USC community,

With tremendous sadness, I am writing to share the news that Steven B. Sample—USC’s venerable and beloved tenth president—has died peacefully in Los Angeles, surrounded by his family.  During his exceptionally productive tenure, which spanned nearly two decades,

Dr. Sample led our university on its dramatic, historic ascent.  Thanks to his tactical leadership, prudent foresight, and fixed dedication, USC became one of the most selective universities in the nation, attracted nationally renowned faculty, increased

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Passing of Elizabeth Garrett

March 7, 2016

March 7, 2016

Dear USC community,

With profound sadness, I am writing to share the news that Elizabeth Garrett, the thirteenth president of Cornell University and former USC provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, has died, following a courageous battle with colon cancer. Before assuming her role at Cornell last July, Beth served on my senior leadership team for over a decade, and proved herself to be a remarkably dynamic leader with a singular gift for inspired, innovative thinking. So

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Trojans at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London

July 25, 2012

Dear USC Community,

As you know, USC has a tremendously proud Olympic tradition. We have produced more Olympians, more Olympic medalists, and more Olympic gold medalists than any other American university. Given our exceptionally distinguished history, and as we look forward to Friday’s opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics, I want to share a list of the Trojan athletes who will be competing. These stellar athletes represent nations all over the world, and head to London with the Trojan Family’s

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Statement on Arrest of Suspects

May 18, 2012

On behalf of the entire Trojan Family, I wish to convey my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and the talented and hardworking team of LAPD investigators. They shared our outrage at this senseless and singular act and worked passionately to reach a resolution. The arrest of the suspects in the tragic deaths of our graduate students, Ying Wu and Ming Qu, begins the process of

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2012 Summer Reading List from President Nikias

April 20, 2012

Dear USC Students,

As we welcome the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books back to our University Park Campus this weekend, I want to encourage you to take advantage of the weekend’s many offerings, which will include author readings, panel discussions, and musical performances. This is a much-beloved annual event in southern California, and I hope you fully enjoy it.

As we prepare for this weekend, I also want to share this year’s summer reading list. These books are available in our

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Gift to Name USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

November 29, 2011

Dear Colleagues,

I am thrilled to announce that USC has received a $50 million gift from the Price Family Charitable Fund.  This gift endows and names the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, thereby cementing its standing among the most progressive and prestigious American schools of public policy, planning, and development.  We will celebrate this gift as a community in February, with details forthcoming.

This generous gift honors the life and legacy of Sol Price, who was a double alumnus of

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Statement by C. L. Max Nikias

July 13, 2011

Statement by C. L. Max Nikias, President, University of Southern California, on proposed academic and cultural boycotts and sanctions against Israel and Israeli universities and divestment of investments of certain firms involved in Israel

Over the past several years, the University of Southern California has been asked to join academic and cultural boycotts or other sanctions against Israel and/or Israeli universities and to consider divestment of investments in firms that have certain business operations in Israel.

I believe such actions would be

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2011 Summer Reading List from President Nikias

Dear USC Students,

As we welcome the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to our University Park campus this weekend, I want to encourage you to be an active participant in the weekend’s activities. Stroll around the campus. Visit the various booths. Attend an author reading. This is a beloved annual event in southern California, and USC is so fortunate to be its host.

Also, as we celebrate this year’s festival, I want to share a special summer reading list. As I

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