From Dean Jack H. Knott: The impact made by Alan Kreditor on the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy is immeasurable. We know him as a perceptive educator, an innovative leader and a strategic fundraiser who has brought national and international recognition to the Price School and the University of Southern California.
We also know him as a man who is dedicated to addressing issues of poverty, diversity and equality in his community. In these pursuits, he shares many of the qualities exhibited by Sol Price, who earned Alan’s respect as a legendary retailer and staunch civil rights advocate. Alan also has a rare ability to bridge thought to action that underpins his many accomplishments over the years as part of our school.
Alan Kreditor joined the USC faculty in 1966 as an assistant professor in the graduate program in City and Regional Planning.
An expert in real estate, urban planning and design, Kreditor was later appointed director of the City and Regional Planning program for two successful tenures; and named dean of the USC School of Urban and Regional Planning, when the program achieved school status. At the time, it was one of the first independent schools of its kind in the nation — which later merged with the USC School of Public Administration to form what is now the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy (the Price School).
He established the signature Master of Real Estate Development degree – later endowed by alum David Dollinger – and was instrumental in establishing the school’s Lusk Center for Real Estate in 1988, helping promote real estate as a field of study and a professional discipline. He was executive director of the center and held the Lusk Chair in Planning and Development for a number of years.
Kreditor was appointed the University of Southern California’s senior vice president for university advancement in 1992.
During his tenure as senior VP, Kreditor spearheaded the most ambitious fundraising effort in USC’s history, the Building on Excellence campaign, which established an initial goal of $1 billion. By the end of 2002, the campaign raised $2.9 billion, making it, at the time, the most successful campaign in the history of higher education. In total, the university raised more than $5.5 billion in gifts and pledges under Kreditor’s leadership.
A major focus of Kreditor’s vice presidency was the strengthening and expansion of USC’s alumni relations. Under his direction, the USC annual alumni giving rate quadrupled. Kreditor established an office of international development and alumni relations to solidify USC’s educational partnerships, particularly in the Pacific Rim, and he personally led many delegations to Asia to meet with educators, alumni and friends of the university.
In 2008, Kreditor returned to teaching at the Price School after an accomplished 16-year tenure during which he directed USC’s relations with the philanthropic and volunteer communities, including prominent individual supporters, charitable foundations, corporate donors and alumni.
In 2009, Kreditor was honored by the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy with the Guardian Award for Vision and Leadership in recognition of his tremendous contributions to the university.
Kreditor has served on a number of national and international boards and commissions and, over the years, has advised corporations, foreign governments, international organizations and other universities. He has been a member of advisory committees for the National Science Foundation, The National Institutes of Health and the Urban Mass Transit Administration. He has also served in a number of committees of the Urban Land Institute, American Planning Association, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, and the American Institute of Architects. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
He is former vice president of the International Association of Urban and Regional Research and Education, a Paris-based organization supported by UNESCO, and was founding member of the board of the Pacific Rim Council on Urban Development. He has worked in Kenya, Ireland, Mexico, Venezuela, Taiwan, France and the Middle East.