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University Professor Alexander Capron led W.H.O. worldwide ethics program Sherry Bebitch Jeffe
political analyst.
Harold Slavkin, directed National Institute of Dental Research Ruth Simmons
became president of Brown

Faculty in the broader community

hubbard.jpg Outstanding service in the public arena has been rendered by many faculty, including University Professor Geoffrey Cowan, director of the Voice of America; University Professor Kevin Starr, California State Librarian; Larry Harris, chief economist for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; and John Hubbard, USC's 8th president, who was Ambassador to India;

Among other faculty who have been senior government officials are: US_Atomic_Energy_Commission_logo.jpg Gordon Dean, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission; Earl Johnson, second director of the Legal Services Program of the Office of Economic Opportunity; Dorothy Nelson, first woman dean of a top U.S. law school, who became judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit; dorothy_nelson.jpg law dean Justin Miller, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit; Charles Ritcheson, University Professor and University Librarian, Cultural Attache at the U.S. Embassy in London; government finance teacher Verne Orr, Secretary of the Air Force.

Jane_Pisano.jpg Faculty have also been leaders of other organizations. Grant Beglarian, former dean of the school of performing arts, became President of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts; Thomas Crow is the director of the Getty Research Institute; Susan Estrich was the first woman to run a national Presidential campaign; Overholser_121x163_jpg.jpgHarry Hanson was superintendent of the L.A. Unified School District Abraham Lowenthal is longtime vice president of the Council on Foreign Relations; Jane Pisano, former dean of the school of public administration, is president of the L.A. County Natural History Museum; Jay Harris was co-chair, and Geneva Overholser was chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board.

Health, science and technology

norman_topping.jpg Many USC professors have led health institutions. Modern examples include Stephen Ryan, former dean of the Keck School of Medicine, Home Secretary (the second highest position) of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies; University Professor Alexander Capron, director of the President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research, and later the first director of Ethics, Trade, Human Rights and Health Law of the World Health Organization; Zach Hall, director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and, later, interim president of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine; Brian Henderson, former dean of the Keck School of Medicine, was president of the Salk Institute; former dean of the Davis Gerontology School Edward Schneider, deputy director of the National Institute on Aging; President Norman Topping, associate director of the National Institutes of Health and Assistant Surgeon General; and dean of dentistry Harold Slavkin, director of the National Institute of Dental Research.

jon_slaughter.jpg Among faculty leaders in science and technology, John Marburger was director of Brookhaven National Laboratory, and later Science Adviser to the President and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy; Eberhard Rechtin was president of the Aerospace Corporation; John Slaughter was director of the National Science Foundation, and is now President of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering; and Andrew Viterbi was co-founder of Qualcomm. John Seely Brown has been a longtime Visiting Scholar; he was formerly Director of Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation.

Leaders in higher education

Several faculty have gone on to be heads of other colleges or universities, including: Lynn Harrell to the Royal Academy of Music, London; dean of science John Marburger to SUNY Stony Brook; Ruth Simmons to Smith and, later, Brown; dean of the College Morton Schapiro to Williams and Northwestern; and Nancy Vickers to Bryn Mawr. Those who were university heads before joining USC include Steven Sample of SUNY Buffalo, James Zumberge of Southern Methodist, Dr. Slaughter of Maryland and Occidental, John Weaver of the Wisconsin system, and Warren Bennis of Cincinatti.

Marshall Cohen has been vice chair of the American Council of Learned Societies; Provost Cornelius Pings became president of the Association of American Universities; Steven B. Sample, USC's 10th president, was founding president of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities. When the American Council on Education and Change Magazine named the 100 "most respected emerging leaders in higher education," USC had four faculty recognized -- vice president of student affairs James Appleton, international educator Rose Lee Hayden, lawyer/psychoanalyst Martin Levine and futurist James O'Toole -- tied with Harvard to head the list. And higher education expert William Tierney was honored by Change Magazine when it named the 40 “young leaders in the academy.”

Faculty in the public eye

leo_buscaglia.jpg A number of faculty have been well-known to the public. Many USC professors, including Susan Estrich, Elizabeth Garrett, and Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, have been frequently quoted in the press on public affairs, as have former faculty such as Erwin Chemerinsky. The lectures and popular books of education professor Leo Buscalia focused on themes such as love. James Dobson was on the pediatrics faculty at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles for 14 years before founding Focus on the Family in 1977.Peter_Principle.jpg His radio programs are heard daily on more than 8300 radio stations in 25 languages in over 164 countries. Drew Pinsky, psychiatry professor, is host of the radio show “Loveline.” Laurence Peter of the "Peter principle" was an education professor, and Arthur Laffer of the "Laffer curve" was a member of the business school faculty.

Commemorating USC's 125th Anniversary, these pages highlight some USC faculty. In addition to About USC faculty, for selected faculty by subject area see More about USC faculty, and for illustrious part-timers see Adjunct faculty. For pages honoring the past, take a look at Early faculty notables as well as Looking back at the USC faculty. And for a sampling of those in the public eye, see Faculty in the broader community.