David W. Wright

Senior Vice President, Administration

David Wright was named senior vice president for administration on April 29, 2019. In this capacity, he provides strategic oversight of key administrative departments, working closely with schools and academic departments to support the academic mission. Reporting directly to the office of the president, Wright oversees critical campus functions and services that include public safety, student housing, campus dining services, parking and transportation, the USC Hotel, the USC bookstores, fire safety and emergency planning, and environmental health and safety. In addition, Wright oversees the office of sustainability and operations of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Wright previously held the role of associate senior vice president for administrative operations, where he was responsible for managing USC programs on security, environmental health and safety, sustainability, and fire safety and emergency planning. Wright also oversaw a shared services model that incorporated information technology, human resources, and budget and finance.

Wright joined USC in 2005 as controller of USC Bookstores, and in 2007 became director of finance and accounting for USC Auxiliary Services.  Wright next served as the budget administrator for Biola University, and then returned to USC where he served as assistant vice president for finance and business support.  Before initially coming to USC, Wright served as controller for WEA Manufacturing, Inc. (a division of Time Warner, Inc.), planning manager for Disneyland Resort, and a senior consultant for Deloitte and Touche Consulting Group.

Wright earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from USC and his MBA from UCLA.