Benioff, an ’86 alumnus and member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, has worked in the technology industry since high school.
He worked as a programmer for Apple and at business computing corporation the Oracle before starting Salesforce.com, which supplies business software through subscriptions rather than a one-time payment and downloads.
“[Benioff’s] experience, passion and commitment will be invaluable as we work to secure USC’s undisputed status as an elite global university,” said President C. L. Max Nikias in a press release.
Benioff was named one of the Top 50 People in Business and one of the Smartest People in Tech by Fortune in 2010.
He was also honored as the 2004 Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year by the USC Marshall School of Business.
“I am deeply honored to join the USC Board of Trustees,” Benioff said in the press release. “I look forward to sharing my knowledge of technology, innovation and philanthropy to help the USC community continue to thrive.”