Dean’s Message

Shaping the World

A Message from USC Price Dean Jack H. Knott

Dean Jack Knott delivers the opening remarks at the 2012 USC Price Guardian Awards & Campaign Celebration.

We capped a historic year at our sixth annual Guardian Awards celebration this month, announcing a $150 million fundraising initiative – as part of USC’s $6 billion campaign – that promises to further secure the Price School’s position as a leader in education and scholarship as well as an agent for impactful, positive change in the world. I invite you to read more about the event and our honorees in this newsletter, and view a short film about the Price School that premiered at the event.

I am also pleased to draw your attention to articles highlighting two recent endowments at the Price School: The Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, and our Master of Real Estate Development program.

Other feature articles cover: Price School faculty member Janet Denhardt’s recent election to the National Academy of Public Administration — the 12th member of our faculty to be named a NAPA fellow; and our online Master of Public Administration student Ryan Bingham, mayor of Torrington, Conn., who used his Price School education to remarkable effect during Hurricane Sandy.

Our Global Reach section highlights seminal research from our Tomás Rivera Policy Institute on Mexican migration trends, and a Price graduate student invited presentation in Paris to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development stemming from their work in the Ningbo-Zhoushan region of China’s Zhejiang Province this past summer.

This newsletter’s Knowledge in Action section focuses on efforts to improve the quality of people’s lives here at home. Price School Professor Marlon Boarnet recently testified at a California State Assembly committee hearing regarding rail transit issues in Los Angeles, and our National Center for Metropolitan Transportation Research (METRANS) reported on social-psychological factors that contribute to travel behavior. Another presentation sponsored by Price’s Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise shed important light on long-term shifts in opinions rendered by U.S. Supreme Court justices.

In addition, we are extremely proud of Imran Farooq (DPPD ’11), whose doctoral project served as the basis for a documentary that recently aired on public television titled SOS: Sustaining Our Society. As well, the Price School’s Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy hosted an event that convened more than 60 philanthropic leaders and child welfare experts to examine issues confronting our foster care system.

Our Alumni Spotlight features a truly inspiring interview with Price School alumna Haifa Reda Jamalallail (PhD ’91), who is president of Effat University, the first private university and the leading institution devoted to higher education for women in Saudi Arabia.

Finally, I encourage you to read about our faculty’s media presence in Price Making the News; view featured videos from one of our Urban Growth Seminars as well as a lecture on Congress and the Intelligence community hosted by our CREATE Homeland Security Center; explore the multiple ways our students, faculty, and institutes are making Research News and gathering accolades and attention in Awards and Notes; and mark your calendars for some of our Upcoming Events.

As always, it is the people of the Price community who make this school great. The stories in this newsletter – and all of our newsletters – ever-inspire me and the Price School’s leadership with the extraordinary work that our students, faculty, alumni and staff perform every day to shape our world for the better. Particularly at this time of year, we are thankful also for all those who have embraced the Price School and its ongoing mission to improve the quality of life for people and their communities throughout the world. Happy holidays from our community to yours.


Jack H. Knott
C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Dean and Professor
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy