Leadership & Governance

As Its Popular Chief Retires, U. of Southern California Eyes an Encore

New leader must sustain university's ambitious ascent into elite ranks

David Zentz for The Chronicle

The Galen Center, the main athletic center at USC, is shown with downtown LA in the background.
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Steven B. Sample has been called many things on this campus—darling of donors, beloved leader, brilliant scientist—but above all he is a master marketer. Mr. Sample, 69, president of the University of Southern California, delights in promoting...

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