2012 Price Guardian Awards Announcement

Dear Price Community:

The Sol Price School of Public Policy has enjoyed an exciting summer! With the recent announcement of the new USC Schwarzenegger Institute, the Price School continues to reinforce its position as a leader in global and state policy, and as one of the top schools of its kind in the nation. This fall will be an equally remarkable time for the Price School, due in large part to the 2012 Price Guardian Awards.

The annual Guardian Awards honor USC alumni and friends whose work and lives serve as an inspiration for the entire Price School community. The 2012 dinner will take place on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. As part of this event, we will honor three individuals who embody the mission and vision of the Sol Price School of Public Policy:


The Global Ambassador Award recognizes an individual who best represents the mission and expertise of the School in a global setting. In awarding this honor to Leo Chu, the Price School recognizes his many contributions to advancing the reputation and mission of USC and the Price School. Mr. Chu has worked tirelessly to expand connections between the global gateway city of Los Angeles and the Pacific-Rim region on behalf of USC, bolstering the university’s presence both here and abroad.

The inaugural Sol Price Award recognizes the lifetime achievement of a business leader and entrepreneur who also has made a significant philanthropic impact on communities and social policy. In selecting Leonard Schaeffer to receive the Sol Price Award, we recognize his exceptional business achievements with Wellpoint and Blue Cross of California and his significant contributions to national healthcare policy, as well as his deep commitment to philanthropic support for health care through the creation of the California Endowment, the endowed chairs at major research universities, and support for the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics.

Lastly, the Vision and Leadership Award is one of the most prestigious awards given by our school. It is awarded to an individual whose life and work demonstrates outstanding leadership and vision in a field that is directly related to the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. We are pleased to honor Aaron Sorkin with this award. An Academy Award-winning screenwriter, producer and playwright, Sorkin has brought important public policy issues to the forefront of mainstream entertainment for over twenty years, and has inspired generations of Americans to engage in political discourse and activism.

Please join me on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 to honor these extraordinary individuals, and to celebrate the accomplishments of the Sol Price School of Public Policy.

Invitations will be sent out after Labor Day. Please contact Heidi Rosano at (213) 821-8189 or heidi.d.rosano@usc.edu with any questions about event sponsorship, tickets and other information.



Jack H. Knott