Nikias transitions to president emeritus

August 7, 2018

C. L. Max Nikias has moved into the role of President Emeritus and Life Trustee of the university. This decision follows the announcement, earlier this summer, that the Board of Trustees and Dr. Nikias had agreed to an orderly transition and that a Special Committee of the Board would commence a search for a new president. He will continue to serve as a tenured professor and holder of the Malcolm R. Currie Chair in Technology and the Humanities, and will assist with the transition of the incoming president. Click through to read the full press release.


Nikias leads USC delegation to D.C. for meetings with lawmakers

April 19, 2018

The trustees and administrators discussed issues ranging from quantum computing to DACA students.

Led by President C. L. Max Nikias, a delegation of 13 USC trustees and university administrators went to Washington, D.C., this week for the university’s annual visit to the nation’s capital.

The visit kicked off Tuesday evening with a reception hosted by Nikias and his wife, Niki C. Nikias, for 500 alumni, parents and special guests including friends of the university and elected officials.

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Nikias honor reflects USC’s investment in brain mapping, bioscience

April 17, 2018 USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Niki Nikias arrive at the 15th annual Brain Mapping Foundation Awards Gala. (Photo/Eric Abelev)

USC president C. L. Max Nikias receives Humanitarian Award

USC President C. L. Max Nikias was honored April 14 with the Humanitarian Award of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics. The award is presented to physicians and scientists who have made significant contributions to survival and quality of life of patients across the globe.

“It’s a tremendous honor to accept this award on behalf of the university,” said Nikias, emphasizing the priority USC has given to this important discipline.

“Because of the potential


USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association celebrates 35th Anniversary

April 12, 2018

The USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association (APAA) recently celebrated its 35th Anniversary. University president C.L. Max Nikias attended the Awards Gala with his wife, Niki C. Nikias, to celebrate alongside organization members, and to meet some of the 100 young men and women who benefit from APAA scholarships.

The APAA also honored several great Trojans for their outstanding contributions to USC and to society at large. Los Angeles Dodgers photographer Jon Soohoo and entrepreneur Sabrina Kay each won a leadership award


USC opens London office to recruit students from UK and Europe

February 20, 2018

The facility — USC’s ninth international office — builds on the university’s existing European presence

USC just got a little closer for Trojans based in Europe: With a delegation of university leaders led by President C. L. Max Nikias on hand, USC’s newest international office officially opened this week in London.

The office serves as headquarters for USC’s efforts to attract talented prospective Trojans from across the United Kingdom and the continent. Located on Bedford Square in London’s Bloomsbury neighborhood, it is a center for recruiting,


United Airlines Memorial Coliseum to be new name for L.A. landmark

January 29, 2018

The historic home of the Trojans will be renamed in 2019 after a $270 million renovation is completed

United Airlines and USC have announced a naming rights agreement to help sustain and renovate the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, one of the sports world’s most beloved historical landmarks and home of the USC Trojans. Under the 16-year agreement, the venue will officially become the United Airlines Memorial Coliseum beginning in August 2019.

The agreement will support a $270 million project to restore and preserve the


Making cancer a disease of the past inspires a legacy of giving by the Norris family

January 11, 2018

Lisa Hansen stepped among the steel girders, watching proudly as the building around her slowly took shape.

Her family has been a leading force behind many of the facilities at the USC Health Sciences Campus, like the one she was walking through that day. But as a hardhat-wearing Hansen made her way through the dust and din, the hammering and drilling, she was not only proud, but also amazed — because everyone she met at the site was brimming with passion


Students find home away from home at annual Thanksgiving dinner

November 27, 2017

Thanksgiving can be a lonely holiday for international students and those who can’t travel home to visit family and friends.

But hundreds of USC students who would have spent last Thursday on their own had plenty to be thankful for this year. Continuing an annual tradition she started years ago, Niki C. Nikias, wife of USC President C. L. Max Nikias, welcomed students into their home for a classic Thanksgiving meal.

“We open our doors to many visitors throughout the year, and this


USC’s Michelson Hall, new center for convergent bioscience, makes its debut

November 1, 2017

In the near future, USC researchers might be talking about medical breakthroughs made while chatting with engineers in line for an espresso at Michelson Hall — noting the ideas on a nearby touchscreen and saving their thoughts to the cloud.

Michelson Hall debuted Wednesday at USC’s University Park Campus. It will be the home of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, bringing great minds from disciplines all over the campus — from the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the


USC Iovine and Young Academy’s latest groundbreaking project: an actual groundbreaking

October 11, 2017

Much like a startup itself, when the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy started at USC four years ago, it had to be scrappy.

It took a part of a fourth floor in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center in the middle of campus. A couple of classrooms — dubbed “the garage” — served as the hub for its first group of 30 students. It made use of every bit of space, converting conference rooms to classrooms, but the academy outgrew