- Justin Miller, Dean of the USC School of Law
- Reid McClung, Dean of the USC School of Commerce
- R.B. von KleinSmid, President of the University of Southern California
- Arlin Stockberger, City Manager, Alhambra, CA
- Jack Albers, City Engineer, Beverly Hills, CA
- Pierson Hall, City Councilman, Los Angeles, CA
- Mrs. Raymond Bradford, Financial Secretary, USC Juvenile Delinquency Program
- Henry Wright, Supervisor, Los Angeles County, CA
- J.S. Charleville, City Manager, Glendale, CA
- Emery Olson, Founding Dean, USC School of Citizenship and Public Administration
The “Flight for Civic Progress” Air Tour inaugurated the new USC School of Citizenship and Public Administration, founded in 1929. Passengers viewed San Diego, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties in California from the air. Founding Dean Emery Olson considered the flight symbolic of the progress toward professional training and expertise in the fields of public administration and urban planning. The USC School was the second of its kind in the nation and began with strong connections to the community — connections that continue to this day.
The 1929 curriculum included classes in urban and regional planning. Over time, urban planning became a school of its own. In the late 1980s, the USC School of Public Administration formed programs in health administration and in public policy; and the USC School of Urban Planning developed one of the nation’s first master’s degrees in real estate development.
Then, in a major milestone, these various strands came together again in a single school in 1998, forming the innovative, multi-disciplinary USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development.