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President’s Message

Dear fellow Trojans and friends of USC:

The University of Southern California stands at a historic moment—a time of great opportunity, unbounded optimism, and infinite possibility. As Trojans, we share a passion for our extraordinary university and the great journey we are taking together.

Today, USC is in a unique position. Our fundraising campaign—which at the time of its launch was the largest in the history of higher education—surpassed the $6 billion mark 18 months ahead of schedule, and has been extended until 2021. In the years ahead, we have an opportunity to continue to expand the university’s impact at an unprecedented rate by supporting faculty and students, as well as scholarship, research, creative work, and health care that will improve lives all over the world.

While we have achieved a great deal, there is much more to do. Let us move forward with passion, but also with purpose. And most of all, let us be mindful of why we are supporting our beloved university. The energy of this campaign has established USC among the pantheon of world-class universities. And in reaching this academic summit, our faculty research is advanced more broadly, our students receive even stronger support, and the impact of our contributions to society are even more fully realized.

USC has grown and flourished because of the pioneering spirit that made this university and its hometown of Los Angeles a destination for explorers and dreamers, artists and entrepreneurs. They were carried here by ambition and courage, and they found success because they were faithful, scholarly, and skillful. These characteristics are inscribed on the base of USC’s most iconic figure, the statue of Tommy Trojan.

Also inscribed there, in Latin and English, are these words from Virgil’s Aeneid: Fas Regna Trojae—the Destined Reign of Troy. There, at the center of our beautiful campus, we have etched our goals, which continue to inspire us today. USC was built by the entire Trojan Family—idea by idea, brick by brick, achievement by achievement, gift by gift, generation after generation. As Trojans, we have a duty to do our part to make these words a reality.

I invite you to join us on this epic journey. As you explore this Web site, I hope you will consider becoming an active participant in shaping USC’s future and think about the positive impact you can make through USC. The future is ours to create. Let us write the most glorious chapter ever for the University of Southern California.

Fight On!

C. L. Nikias