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Website, Public Forums Announced in Search for New USC President

Posted Wednesday, August 29 – 10:35 a.m.

USC announced Tuesday the creation of a website allowing students, alumni and other interested parties to provide input and keep tabs on the university’s search for a new president.

In a letter to the USC community, university Board of Trustees Chairman Rick Caruso also said the Presidential Search Committee — which includes trustees and faculty members — has scheduled three forums for people to share “views and recommendations” on the search process.

USC President C.L. Max Nikias stepped down Aug. 7 following a series of scandals involving doctors tied to the university. Wanda Austin, a member of the USC Board of Trustees and former CEO of The Aerospace Corp., is serving as interim president while the search is conducted.

In his letter, Caruso asked the university community for “your input on USC’s future as well as any specific candidate nominations that you wish to put forward for consideration.”

To facilitate public input, the Presidential Search Committee created a website — — which will provide updates on the search process and allow people to leave comments and recommendations, and to take part in a confidential survey.

“This survey will capture your expectations and aspirations for what the next president of USC should accomplish, what you perceive as the principal challenges and opportunities facing our university and any specific attributes and experiences that you believe our next leader should possess,” Caruso wrote. “There is also a nomination page where you can directly submit names of recommended candidates. All input received via the search website will be reviewed by both the committee and the search firms.”

USC has hired education-recruitment firm Isaacson Miller to lead the search for a new president. The university has also retained the international search firm of Heidrick & Struggles to serve in an advisory role.

Caruso said officials from those firms, along with members of the Presidential Search Committee, will take part in upcoming public forums, which he billed as “listening sessions.”

The sessions are scheduled for:

— noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 13 at the USC Town and Gown on the University Park Campus;

— noon to 2 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Aresty Auditorium on the Health Sciences Campus; and

— 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Town and Gown.

People planning to attend the sessions were asked to RSVP through the website to reserve a seat.

When Nikias stepped down, Caruso said he hoped to have the search for a new president completed in four to six months.

CNS-08-28-2018 17:59

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