As we begin fall semester, I want to take time to write to you, our international students. We are glad that you are here, and we are excited by the promise of new experiences that lie ahead.
I just wanted to take a moment to share with you an article detailing a terrific program at USC.
It is critical that our faculty population accurately represents the diverse cultural makeup of our Southern California location and includes a range of perspectives that positions us to fulfill our role as a thought leader of global impact on the Pacific Rim.
An extensive report this year from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine illustrates the far-reaching impact of sexual harassment of women working in these fields of academia across the nation. The report offers a number of key recommendations on how institutions of higher education can effect organizational changes to reduce and prevent cases of harassment.
We’re writing you about the update of Faculty Handbook policies that the Academic Senate worked with the Office of the Provost to develop during the Spring semester.
I am pleased to announce that Marilyn L. Flynn, who has served USC for 21 years as dean of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, has accepted the role of Special Advisor in the Office of the Provost, effective July 1, 2018.
I am pleased to inform you that President Nikias has offered Dean Avishai Sadan another five-year term as dean of the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, and that Dean Sadan has accepted this offer.
Dr. Pat Levitt has shared with us his decision to step down as director of the USC Neuroscience Graduate Program in order to accept a position with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as inaugural Chief Scientific Officer, Vice President, and Director of the Saban Research Institute.
On behalf of President Nikias, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Haven Lin-Kirk as dean of the USC Roski School of Art and Design, effective July 1, 2018.
Since becoming provost three years ago, I have been honored to share in your successes, and those of our students. This is truly a remarkable place. Unfortunately, I have also witnessed some terrible tragedies, as well as events that have filled me with regret, shame, and frustration.