USC Price School of Public Policy

Dean’s Message

Shaping the World

A Message from SPPD Dean Jack H. Knott

Jack Knott

As we begin an exciting new academic year at the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, it is my pleasure to connect with all of you again. Every year at this time, I am reinvigorated by the wealth of activity in Lewis Hall. This fall, especially, SPPD has many positive developments to celebrate.

SPPD welcomes its new Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, which promises to provide vital research as our country addresses health care reform (see headline story).

This fall semester also begins with many new, distinguished faculty members at SPPD. I would like to introduce you to our newest tenured and tenure track faculty: Dana Goldman joins our Health Policy and Administration program as the Norman Topping/National Medical Enterprises Chair in Medicine and Public Policy, and as Director of the new Schaeffer Center. Nicole Esparza and Anthony Bertelli are new faculty members in our Public Administration program. Dr. Bertelli holds the C.C. Crawford Chair in Management and Performance. SPPD’s Public Policy program welcomes Darius Lakdawalla, who is also the director of research for the new Schaeffer Center. And, Jenny Schuetz has joined our Real Estate Development program. In addition, Stephen Hora comes to us as a Research Professor and Director of the Center for Risk Analysis and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), and William Troost joins us as a Teaching Assistant Professor in Public Policy.

This e-newsletter issue also covers an event presented by SPPD’s Athenian Society – our premiere donor group – featuring Ed Roski Jr., chairman and CEO of Majestic Realty Co. and president of the USC Board of Trustees, and his colleague, John Semcken, to discuss their new NFL stadium proposal in the City of Industry.

Other stories include SPPD’s leadership programs in Mexico and at the USC State Capital Center in Sacramento; and an award bestowed on SPPD’s MPA program for its ground-breaking City/County Fellowship program. The Alumni Spotlight celebrates Suzanne Yu, MHA ’06, and her work at Facey Medical Foundation, where she contributes to improving patient care for communities across Southern California.

Among the highlights in the SPPD faculty Making the News section are: Richard Green appearing on the CBS Evening News, James Ferris on CNN, and Dowell Myers’ research cited in the Wall Street Journal. Several members of our faculty have also garnered important appointments and awards recently. And, we are pleased to feature a video recording about SPPD Assistant Professor Elizabeth Currid’s work on the “Geography of Buzz.”

Finally, I would like to pass along that we have done some restructuring across our academic degree programs to provide additional support for students. I invite you to explore the feature box on SPPD’s homepage,, to learn more about our new – and existing – degree directors and their areas of responsibility.

Each issue of the SPPD e-newsletter reminds me of the quality – and quantity – of work in which SPPD faculty, students and alumni engage. I want to take a moment now to commend all of you for your hard work and dedication to shape our world for the better.


Jack H. Knott
C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Dean and Professor
USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development

Photo by Mark Berndt