Appointment of New Distinguished and University Professors

I am pleased to announce that President C. L. Max Nikias has appointed Paula Cannon, C.-C. Jay Kuo, and Elyn Saks as Distinguished Professors and Viet Thanh Nguyen and Jacob Soll as University Professors. These exceptional faculty members have brought immense honor to the university.  Please join me in congratulating them on their appointments.

Norman Topping Student Aid Fund

The Norman Topping Student Aid Fund is a source of great pride for our university. Launched in Fall 1970, the program was among the first student-supported scholarships in the country. It has helped scores of underrepresented, low-income and first-generation students attend and thrive at USC.

USC Statement on Free Speech

USC has long had established policies protecting the free speech rights and academic freedom of faculty and students. In both policy and practice, when USC faculty speak or write as citizens, they are free of institutional censorship or discipline. And academic freedom at USC protects all faculty. We vigorously defend these principles for faculty of every status and type of appointment.

Wildfires in Los Angeles County

We have been closely monitoring the situation this morning regarding the wildfires in Los Angeles County and other parts of southern California.  Like all Angelenos, we recognize and understand the considerable anxiety caused by these unpredictable and quickly-developing events.  Some members of our USC community have already been affected by this disaster, and our thoughts are with them and their families.

Proposed Tax Changes

Efforts to revise the federal tax code are rapidly moving through Congress. While these provisions remain under discussion, a number of them – if passed and enacted – would have significant negative impacts on our students and their families.

Thoughts on Recent Events

I have spent the weekend reflecting on abuse of power — how it plays out in harassment in general and in sexual harassment specifically.

Moving Forward

We know that many of you are disappointed by recent events at the medical school. We understand your concerns and we pledge to work with you to set a corrected course and to emerge stronger than before.

Important Announcement Regarding the Keck Medical School Dean

Dear Colleagues,

As you may have heard, today Dr. Rohit Varma resigned as dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

I understand how upsetting this situation is to all of us, but we felt it was in the best interest of the faculty, staff, and students for all of us to move in this direction.

Tragedy in Las Vegas

We are deeply saddened by the horrific events in Las Vegas. The images from the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history are difficult to… Read more »