Nikias discusses graduate leadership

President C. L. Max Nikias spoke at a Graduate Student Government Senate meeting Monday about the importance of graduate students as leaders of the university.

“As Trojans, you are natural leaders,” Nikias said. “Leadership is more than a title. … It is a responsibility to ourselves to be responsible to others at all times in moments great and small.”

This kind of graduate student leadership, Nikias said, has led the university to implement more programs benefiting graduate students in the past year.

Future · President C. L. Max Nikias spoke about USC’s goals for graduate programs at the Graduate Student Government’s meeting on Monday. - Ani Kolangian | Daily Trojan

USC spends $20 million annually on graduate programs, Nikias said. He, specifically, cited supplemental funding the USC graduate school will offer doctoral students for presenting research at conferences, attending seminars and workshops and pursuing publication of their work.

“Take full advantage of these programs,” Nikias said. “I wish I had them when I was a Ph.D. student.”

Nikias also said he is working to attract more world-renowned faculty to match the academic excellence he sees in USC graduate students.

“In any organization, the quality of the organization is all about the quality of the people. In a university, it’s the quality of the faculty and the quality of the students,” Nikias said.

Over the past two years, USC has added 441 scholars to its faculty as assistant professors or professors.

Nikias’ appreciation of graduate students extended past academics. He said he next plans to tackle the issue of graduate student housing to enhance their university experience.

“If you ask me what is the biggest need we have as a university, it is graduate student housing,” Nikias said.

He hopes to solve this problem by adding 3,000 new spaces for graduate students in the redeveloped Village at USC. A graduate student village within the complex is also among Nikias’ plans.

Many students said they were impressed by the headway Nikias has made with his high ambitions for the university.

“Nikias has shown tremendous fundraising initiative in terms of start of the art facilities and professors,” GSG Director of Academic Affairs Jaclyn Selby said. “And I’m very glad he restated his commitment to community partners and our Trojan neighbors moving forward.”

Others said they admired his guiding ethical principles.

“Overall, he is doing a good job and making the right decisions,” Phil Wu, a graduate student studying medicine and a GSG senator, said. “He has to be objective in his job, which can be difficult.”

Regardless of his many goals for USC, Nikias said the growth of students themselves remains his biggest focus.

“At the end of the day, as president, I feel I am the guardian of core values at USC,” Nikias said. “Commit yourself to being a great leader.”

2 replies
  1. Janine
    Janine says:

    The Daily Trojan is truly a lap dog!

    Your editor needs to find a new profession. He/She has failed at this one–Truth and Dialtectic is dead. you know what I am talking about–nothing negative about Max or USC–WOW! Pathetic. From now on, I will only praise the Commisar! All hail censorship and denial of discussion. Long live fascism: China and Israel–that’s what did it huh? Israel–what a bunch of pusilanimous pussies–no guts, no story: Disgraceful.

    Since you won’t publish my comments, I will take them to my Alumni group and read them there and let them know that the DT is bought and sold–just like Max, USC, and you–the DT, no doubt comes cheap.

    I’ve never been so embarrassed to be a Trojan.

  2. Janice
    Janice says:

    Core Values? Ethics?

    Why are some of our biggest Partners also some of the biggest violators of human rights on the plant (according to Amnesty International) CHINA and ISRAEL–Who’s next Max–North Korea and Myanmar?

    We are judging you by your actions Max, not your words. Let’s see some leadership in Truth, Values ,and Ethics not just words. Anyone who wants to “Run a Marathon at a Sprinters Pace” is bound to make some big mistakes. I hope you slow down, Max. This 24/7 huckstering of USC is not only unseemly but also dangerous–as shown by some of your more dubious decisions lately. I know you have to kiss a lot frogs to raise all that money you want, Max–but there has to be some limits.

    We are all watching–not everyone is cheering the changes you are making. Take the “For Sale Sign” off of a few things, Max. Please.

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