Coach First Class

NFL veteran Pete Carroll takes Trojan footballers in hand.

"THIS IS A GREAT opportunity for me,” says Pete Carroll, who has signed a five-year contract as USC’s new head football coach. “There’s a great heritage at USC.”
Athletic director Mike Garrett named Carroll to the post in January. “About a dozen high-profile coaches expressed interest in this job,” Garrett says.
“With Pete Carroll, I believe we will be successful. He’s an outstanding teacher with high personal values. His players grow and overachieve.”
Carroll, 49, who led the New England Patriots to the NFL playoffs twice in three years, has 26 years of coaching experience, including 10 years at the college level. He was head coach of New England for three seasons (1997-99) and the New York Jets for one year (1994). He guided the Patriots into the playoffs in his first two seasons, winning the AFC Eastern Division title at 10-6 in 1997, then posting a 9-7 regular season mark in 1998. The Patriots advanced to the second round of the playoffs in each of those seasons.

Enrich to the Last Drop

The Neighborhood Academic Initiative – a program singled out for special praise by Time magazine in naming USC “College of the Year” 2000 – has a new executive director, Karin Mae. “Pre-college enrichment education is my passion. It is my love,” says Mae, who previously held a similar post with San Jose State University’s Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement program. “Working with people who believe in reaching out to these youngsters is what drives me.” A collaboration between USC and the Los Angeles Unified School District, NAI is a grueling six-year college prep academy for inner-city youths. It has awarded full USC scholarships to more than 350 South-Central Los Angeles youngsters since its creation in 1989. NAI has frequently been spotlighted in the national media, but Mae hopes to increase its visibility locally and forge new partnerships with industry and the university community. “I’m especially interested in building relationships with the Rossier School of Education, the School of Engineering and with the math, science and English departments of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences,” says Mae, who holds a doctorate in organization and leadership from the University of San Francisco. Among her other goals: collaborative relationships leading to summer and part-time employment for NAI scholars at USC and in the community; and a standardized curriculum for all NAI teachers.

– Sharon Stewart


Mark A. Stevens, ’81, MS ’84, a general partner at Sequoia Capital, a major high-tech venture capital firm, has been elected to the USC Board of Trustees. Stevens, 41, joined the Menlo Park, Calif.-based company in 1989; he focuses on Internet and semiconductor-related investments. Stevens is a member of the Board of Councilors of the USC School of Engineering and the Board of Directors for the school’s Integrated Media Systems Center. Last year, he contributed $2 million towards construction of a new engineering building at USC.

Crispus Attucks Wright ’36, LLB ’38, a retired civil attorney, has been named an honorary trustee of USC. Wright, whose father was born into slavery, established a law practice in South-Central Los Angeles and co-founded the John M. Langston Bar Association, which remains the area’s principal black legal association. He was chairman of Southern California’s oldest continuously published black newspaper, the Los Angeles Sentinel. In 1997, Wright endowed a $2 million student aid fund in the USC Law School.

USC gene therapy researcher Donald B. Kohn has received the prestigious Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award, a $1.5 million prize for outstanding translational (“bench-to-bedside”) research. The five-year grant will support his efforts to cure diseases such as AIDS and sickle cell anemia. A professor of pediatrics and microbiology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Kohn is also director of the gene therapy program at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

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