Prominent Angelenos and generous donors join in celebration of USC Village

October 4, 2017 USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Niki C. Nikias arrive at the USC Village gala. (USC Photo/Steve Cohn)

Nearly 1,000 of L.A.’s most prominent business leaders, philanthropists and elected officials joined USC President C. L. Max Nikias and colleagues Tuesday for a festive gala celebrating the opening of USC Village.

“Tonight we can see the full span of USC’s extraordinary evolution from cornerstone to capstone,” Nikias told the crowd gathered in USC Village’s Central Piazza.

“And we recognize that the USC Village stands as the crowning achievement of all of our capital construction efforts, efforts that have been fueled and fulfilled


USC’s freshman class sets record: More first-generation students than ever

September 28, 2017 This year’s class was selected from the most applicants in USC history. (USC Photo/Michael Owen Baker)

The Trojan Family grew by 3,358 when the fall semester began, and many of those incoming students are first in their families to attend college. Almost 17 percent of the class of 2021 are first-generation college students, according to the USC Office of Admission.

About two-thirds of the class are students of color. The incoming class also has the highest average test scores in USC history.

“As the numbers show, our fall freshman class is the highest achieving and the most diverse


Foshay Learning Center provides more first-year USC students than any other high school

Foshay graduates now at USC: Kathryn Johnston, Jose Martinez-Garcia, Dayanara Saucedo, Samantha Suarez, Katherine Loera, Jessica Hernandez-Flores, Angelica Vasquez, Fatima Saravia, Sergio Lopez and Nancy Hernandez, from left (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

The Foshay Learning Center has done it again. For the second year in a row, the public high school — which is less than a mile from the University Park Campus — has sent more first-year students to USC than any other high school. Foshay first took the honor last year with 19 students, and that number rose to 21 this year.

Although the students may be moving in different academic directions, their Foshay bond doesn’t break.

“We’ve been together since sixth grade,” said


USC Global Conference 2017 opens in Tokyo

September 21, 2017 USC President C. L. Max Nikias speaks at the welcome dinner for the 2017 USC Global Conference in Tokyo. (USC Photo/Staff)

TOKYO — The 2017 USC Global Conference opened at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo today with nearly 500 people at the welcome dinner to kick off the three-day event. Guests were treated to a special performance by legendary violinist Midori Goto, Distinguished Professor at the USC Thornton School of Music.

The conference runs through Saturday and features presentations and discussions among USC researchers, regional business leaders and other global executives and academic leaders.

“This is a special moment for so many of us, to


USC Village opens to the Trojan Family with fanfare, streamers and a new campus icon

August 31, 2017 (left to right) Sculptor Christopher Slatoff, USC President's wife Niki Nikias and USC President C. L. Max Nikias unveil the Hecuba statue during USC Village grand opening celebration, Thursday, August 17, 2017. (Photo/Gus Ruelas)

The Trojan Marching Band, led by its Trojan warrior in full regalia, led hundreds into the medieval Tuscan village.

You know, the type of medieval village with a Starbucks, Trader Joe’s and lodging for 2,500 students.

“Let’s follow them!” a woman shouted from the crowd.

USC Village, the university’s massive development at the corner of Hoover Street and Jefferson Boulevard, officially opened to the Trojan community Thursday on the same day as the annual new-student convocation.

Not only is it the largest development


Nikias and USC professor Jacob Soll talk financial accountability in high level Athens meetings

July 7, 2017

USC Professor Jacob Soll’s master work, The Reckoning: Financial Accountability and the Rise and Fall of Nations (Basic Books, 2014), cast a stark light on the financial world as national economies continued to recover from the Great Recession of a few years earlier. Now the book has been translated to Greek, and Soll presented the updated version to scholars at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece.

Soll, the recipient of a MacArthur Fellows award (often called a MacArthur genius grant), was joined by USC


USC President Nikias receives honorary degree from Scottish university

June 27, 2017 C. L. Max Nikias, President of University of Southern California, receives an honorary degree from University of Strathclyde; June 23rd, 2017. (Photo/Courtesy of Graeme Fleming)

USC President C. L. Max Nikias and his wife, Niki C. Nikias, traveled to Scotland, where he was made an honorary Doctor of Science by the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

The ceremony, which recognized Nikias’ “dynamic leadership in higher education,” took place June 23 in the university’s Barony Hall.

Upon his arrival on campus, Nikias delivered a keynote lecture to faculty and university leaders on timeless leadership lessons from the classics, especially from theorist-practitioners like Xenophon. In accepting his degree the following day,


East L.A. biotech park could create ‘explosion of employment’

June 16, 2017 President C. L. Max Nikias joins East LA Community leaders at USC's Business of Biotech Summit.

The competition for biotech investment is escalating, and USC President C. L. Max Nikias wants to make sure Los Angeles emerges a winner.

“Los Angeles finds itself falling behind in the race for the future of this increasingly important industry,” Nikias told attendees of USC’s Business of Biotech event, which recently brought together community, business and university leaders.

The USC leader envisions a biotechnology park in east Los Angeles on the Health Sciences Campus. The development could provide thousands of construction and biotech jobs.



W. M. Keck Foundation names health care center at USC with $10 million gift

June 15, 2017 Robert Day, right, and C. L. Max Nikias celebrate the naming of the Willametta Keck Day Healthcare Center on the USC Health Sciences Campus. (Photo/Steve Cohn)

The W. M. Keck Foundation is giving $10 million to support a USC Health Sciences Campus facility critical to advanced patient care, expanding upon the foundation’s longstanding and transformative support to the university.

The generous gift names the Willametta Keck Day Healthcare Center, one of USC’s largest outpatient facilities, which houses Keck Medicine of USC clinics that cover almost all medical disciplines, from primary care to surgical specialties. With the gift, the foundation adds to the $150 million it provided in


NBC4’s Conan Nolan interviews USC President C.L. Max Nikias

June 14, 2017

Nearly two years ago, NBC4’s Conan Nolan spoke to USC President C.L. Max Nikias. On May 14, 2017, Nikias returned  to provide an update on a wide range of topics including USC Village, national rankings, fall admits and diversity and inclusion.

Nikias discussed his excitement about the fall opening of USC Village, which he said would transform not only the USC community, but  the entire neighborhood. The Village includes six buildings that house residential colleges, retail stores such as Target Express and Trader