Learn how the University of Southern California has been transformed during the presidency of Steven B. Sample, setting the stage for a dynamic future in which USC will make even greater contributions to the cultivation and enrichment of the human mind and spirit.
Widely regarded as one of America's best university presidents, Sample has taken USC farther faster than any other university in the country. A patent-holding electrical engineer, an inspiring teacher, and author of the best-selling "Contrarian's Guide to Leadership," he directed USC's emergence as a world leader in communication, multimedia technologies and the life sciences; solidified the university's stature as one of the country's leading research universities; and advanced its presence and influence as a global university that enrolls more international students and has more international alumni than any other university in the United States.
Sample became the 10th president of the University of Southern California in March 1991. After 19 years of spectacular leadership, he steps down effective August 2, 2010, taking a yearlong sabbatical before resuming his teaching and research work as a tenured member of the faculty of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.