Visit to Greece by Nikias promises new research collaborations

December 9, 2019

President Emeritus and Professor C. L. Max Nikias recently returned from trip to Athens, Greece where he worked to establish research collaborations between his Malcolm R. Currie Chair in Technology and the Humanities and two Athens-based universities. At the University of Piraeus, Nikias delivered a lecture at the Laskaridis Foundation Library entitled, “Online Education: The Promise and Challenges.”


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 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


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


USC president C. L. Max Nikias wraps up successful week in Davos

January 23, 2017 President C. L. Max Nikias in Davos with the presidents of two important partner universities: Mario Monti, former prime minister of Italy and current president of Bocconi University in Milan and Tony Chan, president of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The three universities jointly operate the World Bachelor in Business program.

USC President C. L. Max Nikias returned to Los Angeles from Davos, Switzerland, after attending the 2017 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF). The annual gathering brings together industry leaders, policy makers and heads of state from across the world. Discussions focused on a theme of ‘responsive and responsible leadership’ and examined topics such as globalization and the societal impacts of key technological advances. 

During the week, Nikias participated in the annual meeting of the Global University