Accomplishing our mission requires that we build a culture that reinforces the ethical framework within which we make decisions. Key to establishing that culture is embracing values that guide our actions.
In two weeks, the Fall semester will come to a close. I know all of you – faculty, staff, and students – have worked to make the best of challenging circumstances. As classes end today, we want to recognize your fortitude and your resilience.
We have scheduled five Wellness Days throughout the Spring. A Wellness Day is a day on which there will be no classes and no classwork expected of students. Students are encouraged to use this time to rest, exercise, and connect with friends and family.
I am pleased to announce that we have appointed Andrew Stott to the new position of Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Dean of the Graduate School, effective November 16, 2020.
I ask for your continued patience and flexibility during this time, and your partnership in prioritizing our students’ well-being.
Erica Muhl, the inaugural dean and former founding executive director of the USC Iovine and Young Academy, will be stepping down from her position to become President of the Berklee College of Music, effective July 1, 2021.
It is my pleasure to announce that we have appointed Estela Mara Bensimon, Yang Chai, Steve Kay, and Shrikanth Narayanan as University Professors and Susan Forsburg, Sherman Jackson, Behrokh Khoshnevis, Mahta Moghaddam, and Pedro Noguera as Distinguished Professors.
As we reach the midpoint of the Fall semester, we want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your continued dedication during these challenging times, and to update you on the work that is going into planning for the Spring semester.
For Trojan Family Weekend 2020, Provost Zukoski hosted and moderated a panel discussion on the online experience.
Provost Zukoski presented an update on the university’s budget to USC faculty and staff.