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Profile of USC's next president

March 12, 2010

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.

Family: Married 33 years to Niki Nikias. Two daughters, Georgiana and Maria, both USC students.

Source: USC

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