Todd Dickey Named Senior Vice President

He will provide administrative leadership for the USC's legal and regulatory-related departments, with his new responsibilities expected to align all offices with legal or contractual components.
Dickey has been vice president and secretary of the university since 2001 and general counsel since 1999.

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Todd R. Dickey has been elected a senior vice president at USC, President Steven B. Sample announced.

Dickey, who has been vice president and secretary of the university since 2001 and general counsel since 1999, will be responsible for providing administrative leadership for the university’s legal and regulatory-related departments, while financial and operational departments will continue to be administered by Dennis Dougherty, senior vice president for administration and chief financial officer.

As general counsel, Dickey advises the university’s president, board of trustees and senior administrators in legal matters; heads the university’s legal staff; represents USC in legal proceedings and negotiations; manages litigation for the university; assesses legal risks of university activities and makes policy recommendations to reduce legal risks.

As senior vice president, he will oversee the compliance office; internal audit; administrative operations (including personnel services, benefits administration, employee relations, equity and diversity, compensation, child care, retirement plans and policy development); contracts and grants; technology licensing; trademarks and licensing services; the university real estate office; and career and protective services (including public safety, risk management, recruitment services, professional development and environmental health and safety).

Sample said that Dickey’s new responsibilities are intended to align all administrative offices that have legal or contractual components and to separate audit and compliance programs from financial operations programs.

“I have worked closely with Todd since 1999 when he became general counsel for the university,” Sample said. “He was appointed to that post because of his brilliant legal acumen and remarkable communications skills. His associates at Lathan & Watkins, where he worked before coming to USC, regarded him as a first-rate lawyer, having both a fine legal mind and the ability to communicate effectively with clients, peers and judges.

“Over the past six years, Todd has taken on ever-increasing responsibility and has earned the respect of trustees and officers alike in his ability to think clearly and strategically and to manage a complex array of administrative duties,” Sample said. “He has impeccable judgment and bedrock integrity. And he is devoted to USC. I can’t imagine a better person to join the cabinet at this critical moment in USC’s history.”

Dougherty, to whom Dickey reported as vice president and general counsel, was also enthusiastic about the appointment. “Todd has extraordinary leadership skills and is one of the hardest-working officers I have ever known,” Dougherty said. “His appointment to this new position will improve the quality and consistency of services to our trustees, faculty students and staff.”

A 1993 graduate of the USC Gould School of Law, Dickey joined the general counsel’s office at USC in 1996. He served as interim general counsel from 1998 to 1999 following the sudden death of Robert G. Lane. When he was appointed general counsel in 1999, he was the youngest person to fill that post in USC’s history. He was appointed vice president and general counsel in 2002, assuming responsibility for the Office of the Treasurer, the Comptroller’s Office, the Office of Compliance and the Office of Audit Services, as well as continuing to serve as general counsel.

From 1994 to 1996, Dickey was an associate in the Los Angeles law firm of Latham & Watkins. His practice areas included real estate, corporate transactions and litigation.

From 1993 to 1994, he served as judicial clerk to Ronald S.W. Lew, U.S. District Court judge for the Central District of California, Los Angeles, and as a law clerk for Integrated Holdings International, Los Angeles.

Before enrolling at the USC Law School in 1990, Dickey served as a legislative aide to the late U.S. Rep. Glenn M. Anderson and as executive assistant to the vice chancellor of UC Irvine.

Dickey is a member of the California State Bar, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the National Association of College and University Business Officers and the Council on Governmental Relations. He is certified to appear before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court, Central and Northern districts of California.

Dickey earned his B.A. degree with honors from UC Irvine in 1987 and his J.D. degree from the USC in 1993. While at USC, he served as executive notes editor for the Southern California Law Review, was named to the Order of the Coif and won the American Jurisprudence Award for Pretrial Advocacy.