Dean’s Message

Shaping the World

A Message from USC Price Dean Jack H. Knott

Dean Knott speaks at the Schwarzenegger Symposium USC Price Dean Jack Knott opens the afternoon panel discussion at the inaugural USC Schwarzenegger Institute symposium.
Photo by Tom Queally

As we embark upon our first full academic year as the newly-named Sol Price School of Public Policy, it is with pleasure that I welcome you to and share news of our latest exciting accomplishments and events.

The Price School’s new USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy launched earlier this week with an inaugural symposium that brought together political luminaries and entertainment industry giants. They discussed “post-partisan” politics and innovative ideas to advance policy that puts people at the center, rather than political parties. I invite you to read more in our lead story.

As always, I am reminded at the start of every fall semester of the dedication and hard work of our students and faculty to shape our world for the better. In other featured news, you will learn how dozens of Price students spent their summers abroad through internship and international lab experiences in China, Brazil, and Armenia. Our USC Price China Lab participants were also invited to present their recommendations on the sustainable growth of international ports to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, France.

You can also read about the first Price School interns putting knowledge into action through our new Sol Price Center for Social Innovations – established as part of our naming gift – by assisting international refugees and by promoting public health in San Diego’s City Heights neighborhood and surrounding communities.

Another feature reports on a presentation by Frances Townsend, former homeland security and counterterrorism adviser to George W. Bush, on a range of security issues as part of the CREATE Distinguished Speaker Series.

In addition, this issue highlights an expert panel examining the Affordable Care Act, hosted by the Price Athenian Society; and a faculty visit to Brazil in August to assist with urban policies and to promote metropolitan growth.

A final feature acknowledges the exemplary service and public engagement of two graduates of the Price School’s Executive Master of Leadership program and the rousing ovation they received at the USC football team’s home opener – on the field and before a sell-out crowd at the Coliseum.

Our Global Reach section highlights this summer the Price School’s Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics partnered with Peking University’s Guanghua School of Management to convene a conference in Beijing to discuss key emerging health care themes and issues in an international context.

The Price School was visited by the president of the Communist Party University in Shenzhen province, China, to further develop cooperative efforts with our School. We were also visited by civil servants affiliated with the Nanyang Center for Public Administration in Singapore.

This newsletter’s Knowledge in Action spotlights activities emblematic to our school’s real world impact. Three Price graduate students – selected among 4000 applicants nationwide – received fellowships by Education Pioneers. In addition, our ongoing “Road to the White House” conversations recently featured Price Professors Raphael Bostic and Roberto Suro and others engaging in a lively dialogue on the presidential campaigns.

Our mission to improve the quality of life for people and their communities cannot occur without the scholarship that drives action and policy innovation. Though only the tip of the iceberg, our Research News section features three recent works by Price school faculty: Professor Dowell Myers, Professor Dana Goldman, and adjunct faculty member Vinayak Bharne.

I also invite you to view photos and learn about the numerous awards, events, and other ways in which members of the Price School community continuously are Making the News.

In our Alumni Spotlight you’ll read about Michael Gazzano (MRED ’12), recently promoted to development manager with Caruso Affiliated, a premier firm in L.A.’s retail and residential development industry.

I eagerly anticipate our two Featured Events: the sixth annual Price Guardian Awards on Nov. 13, where we will be honoring Leo Chu, Leonard Schaeffer and Aaron Sorkin; and an Oct. 2 discussion on health care legislation, hosted by the Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise and ASPA’s Southern California Chapter.

We all are fortunate to be associated with the Price School during a time when its academic reputation, public engagement, media visibility, and international presence are growing. The people who comprise the Price community have helped make this happen. I extend a heartfelt thank you to one and all, and to our community of friends. It is a great privilege to lead this school through remarkable times as it increases its capacity to shape our world for the better.


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