C. L. 'Max' Nikias
University of Southern California's next president:
Born: Sept. 30, 1952, in Komi Kebir, Cyprus. Became U.S. citizen in 1988.
Education: Bachelor's degree, electrical and mechanical engineering, National Technical University of Athens,1977; M.S., 1980, and Ph.D, 1982, both in electrical engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo.
Career: Professor at University of Connecticut, 1982-85; Northeastern University 1985-91; USC, starting in 1991; USC engineering school dean, 2001-2005. USC Provost 2005- 2010.
Other highlights: Technical consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense. Teaches an orientation-week seminar to incoming USC freshmen on democracy and dramatic arts in ancient Athens.