‘Nowhere better than USC’: New provost given a Trojan welcome at installation ceremony

USC's Provost Andrew Guzman at a podium delivering remarks
Andrew T. Guzman speaks to the crowd at his installation ceremony on September 23, 2023. (USC Photo / Gus Ruelas)

“I see a place that’s at the very front edge of changing the world in which we live for the better,” Andrew T. Guzman says.

Andrew T. Guzman looked out onto a crowded reception hall adorned in cardinal and gold and smiled. After a career in academia that has spanned nearly a quarter century, Guzman was officially installed Thursday afternoon as USC’s new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

As he stood behind the podium at Town and Gown in his new position as the university’s second highest-ranking official and the chief academic officer, he instilled confidence in a room full of his peers that this university is changing the world.

“There’s nowhere I can think of with bolder ambitions, with greater opportunity and a brighter future than where we are right now at the University of Southern California,” Guzman said. “I want to thank everyone here for making this university what it is and for allowing me to be a part of it in this new role.”

As provost, Guzman — who holds the Shelly and Ofer Nemirovsky Provost’s Chair — is responsible for ensuring the university’s excellence in teaching, research and scholarship.

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