Guilbert HentschkeMember, USC Master Plan Advisory Committee
Professor, Richard T. and Mary C. Cooper Chair in Public School Administration
As a neighborhood resident and also a member of the USC faculty, Guilbert “Gib” Hentschke wants to provide for the future advancement of the university while simultaneously keeping the neighborhood’s best interests in mind. Whereas there sometimes appear to be occasional conflicts between these two concerns, Hentschke feels certain that any progress USC makes will be an advantage to the community and vice versa.
When Hentschke started working at USC in the late 1980s, he discovered that once the weekend arrived, or as night set in and classes finished for the day, the campus became eerily quiet. Today, things have started to change. Hentschke said that the metamorphosis has occurred in phases as the university gradually opened up the campus and saw the need for community interaction, and then more students and USC employees began to move into the neighborhood. “Now, the university has recognized that it can work productively with the neighborhood, and, at the same time, members of USC’s neighborhoods are realizing that they can work productively with USC, accomplishing more together than separately,” Hentschke said.
The master plan is grounded in this approach, Hentschke said, which will benefit everyone involved. He thinks that the master plan will provide another vehicle for communication among all stakeholders in the two USC neighborhoods and create an environment that not only appeals to students and other current residents, but also attracts faculty, staff and alumni permanently into the area. In so doing, it will bring stability to the neighborhoods and create multiple interdependencies between “town and gown.”
“The master plan process may also prove to be a valuable resource for both the university and the community to address future, as yet unforeseen, challenges that face them both,” Hentschke said, “which makes me all the more optimistic about what lies ahead here.”
Hentschke came to USC from the University of Rochester in 1988 and bought a house close to campus. For 12 years, he served as dean of the USC Rossier School of Education. In 2000, he stepped down from the deanship but stayed on with the school as holder of the Richard T. Cooper and Mary Catherine Cooper Chair in Public School Administration. He and his wife continue to live in the North University Park district.