From April 2015 to June 2019, Michael W. Quick served as USC’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. He was instrumental in creating the university’s 2018 Strategic Plan: Answering the Call, which set USC on an accelerated course to become the great 21st-century research university led by values, people, impact, and transformation. He focused university efforts on expanding access to a world-class education to first-generation and underrepresented minority students, student-veterans and community college transfers. He created an “experiential equity” program to support students who need financial assistance to research, study abroad, and obtain internships. Dr. Quick allocated $50 million for projects, training and recruiting specifically related to diversity, inclusion, and equity across the university; he oversaw the creation of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Week for trainings and lectures, and he brought the Race and Equity Center to USC. He created numerous pipeline programs to encourage more diverse candidates to USC in undergraduate and graduate education. He encouraged and rewarded excellent teaching. Dr. Quick spearheaded improved campus wellness efforts, including the formation of the Office of Campus Well-being and Crisis Intervention, and a new first-year undergraduate class called “Thrive.” He pushed USC to be a leader in attacking the so-called wicked problems of society – including homelessness, security and sustainability, and global migration. He backed arts for social change programs that led to increased community partnerships, and he supported fellowships for international artists.
Dr. Michael W. Quick is Provost Emeritus and Professor of Biological Sciences in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.