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


USC Pacific Asia Museum Honors Dr. Tei-Fu Chen, Dr. Oi-Lin Chen and Tadashi Shoji

June 12, 2017 L-R: USC President C. L. Max Nikias and First Lady Niki C. Nikias with honorees Tadashi Shoji, Dr. Oi-Lin Chen, Dr. Tei-Fu Chen and Pacific Asia Museum Director Christina Yu. (Photo/Vanessa Preziose)

The USC Pacific Asia Museum hosted its annual gala on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the  Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. The gala honored Legacy Award recipients Dr. Tei-Fu Chen and Dr. Oi-Lin Chen of the Chen Art Gallery, for their promotion of Asian art and culture through their gallery collection.

The recipient of the Visionary Artist Award was Tadashi Shoji, a fashion designer and creator of Tadashi Shoji and T by Tadashi clothing labels. Shoji received the award for his contribution in promoting Asian


Politico’s John Harris interviews President Nikias

June 6, 2017 USC President C. L. Max Nikias joins POLITICO co-founder and Editor-in-Chief John Harris for a discussion of college access. (Photo/Dave Scavone)

Interview at DC alumni event introduces USC’s College Access Blueprint

USC President C. L. Max Nikias led a group of trustees and university leaders to the nation’s capital on April 26 for a series of meetings with legislators. In the evening, he hosted USC’s annual reception for more than 200 alumni, elected officials and political staffers. This year the university revamped its alumni reception to promote the release of its Blueprint for Expanding the College Pipeline. Nikias engaged in a discussion about college access


Trojans, including Will Ferrell, honor Class of 2017: more than 17,000 graduates

May 13, 2017

Will Ferrell ’90 has long trod the sidelines of USC football games, led the team onto the field of battle and returned for campus events on behalf of charities like Cancer for College. But none of the more than 60,000 people attending USC’s 134th commencement Friday knew quite what to expect when one of the university’s most famous alumni took to the stage.

The Trojan Family sent out 17,144 new graduates into the world, with the newly minted graduates representing more than


Nikias leads delegation of trustees and administrators to nation’s capital

May 2, 2017 USC President C. L. Max Nikias walks outside the Capitol on April 26. (USC Photo/Eric Abelev)

USC President C. L. Max Nikias led a group of trustees and university leaders to the nation’s capital on April 26 for a series of meetings with legislators.

The group started its morning at a briefing session at the offices of The Washington Post, hosted by USC Trustee and Washington Post Publisher and CEO Fred Ryan.

Following an introduction by Ryan and a presentation by Washington Post National Political Correspondent Robert Costa, the delegation split into two groups, led respectively by Nikias


USC presents Rick Caruso with its most distinguished alumni honor

May 1, 2017 Rick Caruso, left, receives the Asa V. Call Award from USC President C. L. Max Nikias. (USC Photo/Steve Cohn)

USC honored Trustee Rick J. Caruso ’80 with its most distinguished alumni honor, the Asa V. Call Award, at its 84th annual Alumni Awards on April 22.

The Asa V. Call Award is given to an alumnus who has shown exceptional commitment to the university and the community by generously giving their time, energy and leadership.

“Rick Caruso’s immense pride for USC is unsurpassed, and his love of the school is visible across our campuses,” USC President C. L. Max Nikias said.