I write to thank the members of the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 University Committee on Appointments, Promotions, and Tenure (UCAPT) panels. This distinguished group of faculty has provided recommendations to me that are crucial to our university’s commitment to academic excellence.

Iovine and Young Academy

As the Iovine and Young Academy prepares to graduate its inaugural cohort at this year’s commencement ceremony and to move into its permanent home next year—Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Hall, I am pleased to announce that the program will become an independent academic unit. Effective July 1, 2018, the Iovine and Young Academy will become USC’s 20th degree-granting school, under the leadership of Erica Muhl as the school’s inaugural dean.

Fall Recess to Begin in 2019

I am pleased to announce that we will institute a two-day recess in the Fall academic calendar, as part of our ongoing efforts to support wellness and to promote an environment that provides the best opportunities for success at USC.

End-of-the-Semester Update

As the 2018 Spring semester comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to provide a brief update on the status of the external review of the former dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the work of the Task Force on Workplace Standards and Employee Wellness, and several changes the university has recently undertaken to improve our processes and our culture.

Your Wellness

USC is an extraordinary place for you to flourish by achieving your personal dreams and professional aspirations, and by becoming critical and creative thinkers and engaged global citizens. However, this can only continue to be possible if we collectively cultivate a university culture and campus climate focused on wellness, especially in regard to supporting good mental health and emotional well-being.

2018 USC Mentoring Award Recipients

Please join me in congratulating our 2018 USC Mentoring Award recipients. They put into action USC’s value of investing our wisdom, support, and guidance in others so they may take us further than we ourselves can go.

Excellence in Teaching

USC’s first priority is the education of our students. As we continue our momentous ascent and assume the responsibilities of the most influential private research university of the 21st century serving the public good, we must reaffirm our commitment to our core academic principles, equipping our students to face contemporary global challenges, helping them acquire wisdom, insight, and a love of truth and constructive skepticism.

Transition at USC Pacific Asia Museum

I write to share the news that Christina Yu Yu, director of the USC Pacific Asia Museum, has accepted a position at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she has been appointed as the Matsutaro Shoriki Chair, Art of Asia. She will remain in her present position until May 1, 2018.