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December 6, 1990 | LARRY GORDON, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The University of Southern California's next president will be Steven B. Sample, an electrical engineer and inventor who has been president of the State University of New York campus at Buffalo since 1982 and is credited with strongly boosting that school's academic reputation.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2012 | By Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times
Forrest N. Shumway, a law-trained businessman who expanded his uncle's Signal Oil & Gas Co. from a local operation into one of the country's most powerful, diverse business conglomerates, has died. He was 85. Shumway, who helped engineer the merger that created Allied-Signal Corp. while also serving on USC's board of trustees, died of complications of cancer at his La Jolla home on Dec. 4, said his son Garrett. Born March 21, 1927 in Skowhegan, Maine, Shumway joined the Marines after high school and went on to get his bachelor's in political science and a law degree, both from Stanford University.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 1991
No arrival was more anxiously awaited, or more enthusiastically received, than that of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela. The long-imprisoned South African, on an eight-city tour of the U.S., addressed thousands on the steps of City Hall and at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. When USC trustees said they were engaged in a nationwide search for a new president, they meant it. Geographically speaking, they couldn't have gone much further than to select Steven B.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Just outside USC's central administration building, a new wall honors a handful of very special donors, those whose gifts to the private university have totaled at least $100 million apiece over time. Among them are film director George Lucas, Los Angeles philanthropist Wallis Annenberg and the Keck Foundation. But the wall still has plenty of empty marble for what USC hopes will be many additional names over the next six years, as the Los Angeles university pursues the most ambitious publicly announced fundraising goal ever in U.S. academia: $6 billion by 2018.
SPORTS
December 13, 1997
It is true that USC has been thinking about an on-campus arena for more than 50 years. It is also true that we have been giving the matter much more serious thought in recent months. But it is simply not true that we are committed to building an on-campus arena at this time ["USC Promises Campus Arena," Dec. 5]. Would I like to have an on-campus arena? Absolutely! But there are other high-priority construction projects at USC for which full funding is not yet in hand. We need to finish the renovation of Science Hall, build a new engineering research facility, build an advanced medical research center, and build a facility for the combined Schools of Public Administration and Urban Planning.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2006 | Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
USC President Steven B. Sample has resigned his relatively new seat on the board of the J. Paul Getty Trust, citing conflicting duties. In a three-sentence resignation letter dated Feb. 28, Sample said his responsibilities to USC "make it impossible for me to continue" as a Getty trustee. His resignation was effective immediately, and he declined to comment Tuesday. Sample joined the Getty board in September 2004. Trustees typically serve four-year terms.
SPORTS
October 19, 2000 | DAVID WHARTON
With the football team at his university struggling for a second consecutive season--and the program under fire from fans and the media--USC President Steven B. Sample voiced support Wednesday for Athletic Director Mike Garrett. A three-game losing streak has made Garrett and Coach Paul Hackett the focus of criticism in recent weeks. The Trojans, ranked as high as No. 8 earlier this season, have slipped to last place in the Pacific 10 Conference.
OPINION
March 9, 2008 | Swati Pandey
How much money is too much money to lead the University of California system, with its 10 campuses and 220,000 students? Departing President Robert C. Dynes' compensation is a source of controversy as the Board of Regents picks his successor during a time of rising enrollments and fees and potential budget cuts. See how Dynes' pay compares to other academic leaders at a handful of public and private colleges and universities in California and across the country. Of course, Dynes (along with his counterparts in Michigan and Wisconsin)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2010 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
In the lengthy crosstown rivalry between Los Angeles' biggest universities, USC has just scored a narrow but unprecedented victory over UCLA. And it has nothing to do with sports. For the first time since U.S. News & World Report began its annual rankings of colleges in 1983, USC has topped UCLA in the magazine's latest listing. USC tied with Carnegie Mellon for 23rd among national universities this year; UCLA stands one rung lower, tied for 25th with the University of Virginia and Wake Forest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2012 | By Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times
Forrest N. Shumway, a law-trained businessman who expanded his uncle's Signal Oil & Gas Co. from a local operation into one of the country's most powerful, diverse business conglomerates, has died. He was 85. Shumway, who helped engineer the merger that created Allied-Signal Corp. while also serving on USC's board of trustees, died of complications of cancer at his La Jolla home on Dec. 4, said his son Garrett. Born March 21, 1927 in Skowhegan, Maine, Shumway joined the Marines after high school and went on to get his bachelor's in political science and a law degree, both from Stanford University.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 2010 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
If the incoming USC president needed a reminder that allegations involving the football team had damaged the university's broader reputation, he got one during a bicycle ride this summer. C.L. "Max" Nikias, who had not yet started his new job, was wearing a USC T-shirt as he tooled around Sun Valley, Idaho, in June, soon after the NCAA announced sanctions against the university's sports programs. He had already had some discussions about how to respond to the NCAA, but shouts of "Shame on USC" from passersby in the resort town were a turning point, he says.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2010 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
In the lengthy crosstown rivalry between Los Angeles' biggest universities, USC has just scored a narrow but unprecedented victory over UCLA. And it has nothing to do with sports. For the first time since U.S. News & World Report began its annual rankings of colleges in 1983, USC has topped UCLA in the magazine's latest listing. USC tied with Carnegie Mellon for 23rd among national universities this year; UCLA stands one rung lower, tied for 25th with the University of Virginia and Wake Forest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2010 | By Larry Gordon
Los Angeles' two biggest universities have announced their main graduation speakers, with USC opting for its retiring president and UCLA taking a more unusual, but potentially more amusing, bet on a witty chronicler of Mexican American life. The keynote speaker for UCLA's College of Letters and Science commencement on June 11 will be Gustavo Arellano, author of the popular "¬°Ask a Mexican!" column in the OC Weekly and a book by the same name, officials announced Thursday. Arellano earned a master's in Latin American studies at UCLA in 2003.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2010 | By Larry Gordon
C. L. "Max" Nikias, USC's provost and second-in-command, will become its next president, succeeding Steven B. Sample on Aug. 3 at the helm of the 34,000-student university, school officials announced Thursday. Nikias, a Cypriot-born electrical engineer with expertise in radar and sonar, was long mentioned as the leading candidate to become USC's 11th president, so much so that some trustees reportedly argued against conducting a national search. But the board went ahead, considering 75 other educators before returning to a man well-known and well-liked on campus.
SPORTS
June 11, 2009 | BILL PLASCHKE
Finally, USC speaks! Actually, no, the university on Wednesday again refused to discuss the public disintegration of one of its marquee assets -- the blowing up of the men's basketball program -- but I dug up a quote anyway. The following is an excerpt from President Steven B. Sample's annual address to the faculty, delivered Feb. 10, 2009: "I have learned that difficult times often bring out the best in us. Complex challenges have a way of focusing our attention on what is essential.
SPORTS
February 23, 2009 | Gary Klein
USC won its only Bowl Championship Series title four years ago, but Coach Pete Carroll still ranks No. 1 in at least one category. A new report released today says Carroll was the highest-paid private university employee in the United States during the 2006-07 fiscal year. Carroll earned $4.4 million in total compensation, four times as much as USC President Steven B. Sample, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
SPORTS
November 22, 1996 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
USC President Steven B. Sample, possibly responding to criticism by USC quarterback Brad Otton for what the player perceived as a lack of administrative support for football Coach John Robinson, did so Thursday. "Very simply, I strongly support John Robinson," Sample said in a telephone interview. "I also strongly support the Trojan football team and I urge every member of the Trojan family to do the same.
SPORTS
December 19, 1997 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the day after John Robinson's firing, USC President Steven B. Sample admitted he walked into Wednesday's news conference believing Robinson had agreed to step aside, and Athletic Director Mike Garrett countered by saying that Robinson went back on a plan and "conveniently made himself a victim."
OPINION
March 9, 2008 | Swati Pandey
How much money is too much money to lead the University of California system, with its 10 campuses and 220,000 students? Departing President Robert C. Dynes' compensation is a source of controversy as the Board of Regents picks his successor during a time of rising enrollments and fees and potential budget cuts. See how Dynes' pay compares to other academic leaders at a handful of public and private colleges and universities in California and across the country. Of course, Dynes (along with his counterparts in Michigan and Wisconsin)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2006 | Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
USC President Steven B. Sample has resigned his relatively new seat on the board of the J. Paul Getty Trust, citing conflicting duties. In a three-sentence resignation letter dated Feb. 28, Sample said his responsibilities to USC "make it impossible for me to continue" as a Getty trustee. His resignation was effective immediately, and he declined to comment Tuesday. Sample joined the Getty board in September 2004. Trustees typically serve four-year terms.
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