The Board of Supervisors honored University of Southern California President C.L. “Max” Nikias for his impressive list of achievements in his five years at the helm of one of the nation’s foremost universities.
“Consider the $700 million USC Village Project – the largest economic redevelopment project in the history of South Los Angeles, providing housing for 3,000 students, along with retail options for all to enjoy,” Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said. “Meanwhile, to help attract qualified students from across socio-economic strata, President Nikias boosted financial aid to $300 million a year, providing the largest overall student aid package in the country.”
“In addition, USC enrolls 1,000 service members, veterans or military dependents, boasting one of the largest student veteran populations of any private research university,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas added. “President Nikias is also leading an effort to establish a Biomed Technology Park next to USC’s Health Sciences, expected to create thousands of jobs and spur economic development.”
Under Dr. Nikias’ leadership, USC took on a 98-year master lease for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, pledging to restore that iconic and historic sporting venue. It also launched two charter schools serving first-generation college-going students with hopes that all of them graduate and attend a selective four-year university.
“The list goes on and on, which is why take time today to honor President Nikias for all he has done for USC and the community,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said after handing the scroll to President Nikias and his wife, Niki.
President Nikias was inaugurated on October 2010, succeeding Steven Sample, who led USC for 19 years.
President Nikias has been at USC since 1991, as a professor, director of national research centers, dean, provost, and now president. He is recognized internationally for his pioneering research on digital signal processing, digital media systems, and biomedicine. The U.S. Department of Defense has adopted a number of his innovations and patents in sonar, radar, and communication systems.