Important Campus Update

Dear USC community, I want to give you an update on what has been happening on our campus today. As always, our highest priority and responsibility is to protect the safety of our community and ensure our academic programs and university activities continue unabated.  I also want to affirm that the university values freedom of expression and…

Earth Month 2024

Happy Earth Month, Trojans! Earth Month begins today, and I hope you’ll take the time to reflect on our planet and join USC’s efforts to create a more sustainable future. For inspiration, I encourage you to visit the Earth Month event calendar, where you’ll find over 50 sustainability-focused activities and events to help you do…

Announcing the new dean of the Gould School of Law

On behalf of President Folt, I am excited to announce that Franita Tolson has been appointed as the new dean of the USC Gould School of Law, effective April 1, 2024. Dean Tolson will hold the Carl Mason Franklin Chair in Law. Serving as interim dean since July 1, 2023, Dean Tolson is the first…

Appointment of New University and Distinguished Professors

We are excited to honor this year’s exceptional members of our faculty with University and Distinguished professorships, USC’s highest academic honors. We present these annually to select outstanding faculty who have brought great distinction and honor to our university through their work. Their research enlightens and enriches collective understandings outside of USC and contributes to…

Announcing USC’s Vice President for Presidential Initiatives

I am writing today to let you know that I have appointed Shrikanth (Shri) Narayanan as vice president for presidential initiatives. This is a new role in my office, designed specifically to help the provost, senior vice president for health affairs, senior vice president for research and innovation, and me to implement cross-cutting, university-wide initiatives…

Thank You for Making Your Voice Heard!

I appreciate all of you who took the time to share your thoughts with us through the USC Culture Survey. Your anonymous feedback regarding our university culture – and the extent to which you see our Unifying Values being lived out through your experiences and interactions – are essential to the current and future path…

Announcing the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Institute for Public Policy & Government Service

Our longtime trustee Leonard D. Schaeffer and his late wife, Pamela, have given USC that opportunity with a transformational $59 million gift to establish the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Institute for Public Policy & Government Service. This new institute, which will be anchored at the USC Capital Campus in Washington, D.C, will educate the next generation about government service and will conduct research to support evidence-based policy.

Announcing the inaugural director of the USC School of Advanced Computing

Today, I am excited to announce that Dr. Gaurav Sukhatme has been appointed the inaugural director of USC’s new School of Advanced Computing. This vibrant new hub is central to USC’s $1B-plus, 10-year Frontiers of Computing presidential moonshot.  Gaurav is executive vice dean of engineering and Fletcher Jones Foundation Endowed Chair in Computer Science. He…

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Our spring semester is now well underway, and I have never been more appreciative to be part of this institution. At USC, we have an inspiring mission that affords us the opportunity to shape the world’s future through our contributions in every field imaginable.

Announcing Brett Steele as the Dean of the USC School of Architecture

On behalf of President Folt, I am pleased to announce that we will welcome Brett Steele as dean of the USC School of Architecture, effective February 1, 2024. Dean Steele will hold the Della & Harry MacDonald Dean’s Chair in Architecture.