Full University-Wide Report on USC’s 2024 Culture Survey Results

July marks the halfway point for summer. I hope you are able to recharge, and enjoy time with family and friends. Following up on the preliminary Culture Survey takeaways that I shared with you last month, the full report has now been completed and is available below.

Announcing USC’s new associate senior vice president of alumni relations

We are excited to share today that USC alumna Erika Jordan will join us as our new associate senior vice president of alumni relations. She will lead the USC Alumni Association (USCAA) with enthusiasm and passion for the Trojan Family.

USC Human Resources, Equity, and Compliance Announcement

I write today to share the bittersweet news that Felicia Washington, USC’s first senior vice president of human resources, will be leaving USC to lead Human Resources at the University of Pennsylvania at the end of August.

Early Findings from USC Culture Survey

The spring 2024 semester was a challenging time for us and universities across the country. USC’s six Unifying Values are the roadmap that guides our behaviors and charts our path forward.

Campus Update

I am writing to let you know that early this morning DPS, with the assistance of the LAPD, removed the occupiers who had rebuilt their illegal encampment in Alumni Park. The operation was peaceful. Campus is opening, students are returning to prepare for finals, and commencement set-up is in full swing.

Campus Update

Dear Trojan Family,

I’m writing to let you know the steps we’re taking now to ensure students finish their finals in a quiet, safe academic environment – and that our graduating students can enjoy peaceful and joyous commencement ceremonies worthy of their accomplishments.

Campus Update

I’m writing to give you an update.  The recent events at USC have been hard on all of us – I know you’re seeing it, hearing it, and that you have many questions about how we’re maintaining safety, honoring free speech, and ensuring we can host our 141st commencement to give our graduates the celebration they have earned.

A Message to the Trojan Community

These past few weeks have been incredibly difficult for all of us. As your president, my responsibility is to uphold our Trojan values so that everyone who lives, learns, and works here can have safe places to live, learn, and speak.

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 the advancement of society.

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 that involve multiple schools, locations, disciplines, units, and approaches.