Director Executive Education

Frank Vram Zerunyan, J.D. is a Professor of the Practice of Governance at the Sol Price School of Public Policy and Director of Executive Education at USC Price Bedrosian Center on Governance. His key areas of expertise include Local Governments, Public Private Partnerships, Civic Leadership, Land Use, Regulation, Negotiation and Executive Education.

Advisory Board Chair

Advisory Board Chair

Jerry W. Neely has served on the USC Board of Trustees since 1981. He is the former chairman and CEO of Smith International Inc., an oil services company. He also served as Chairman of Petroleum Equipment Supplies Association and Past Chairman of The Young President Organization. He serves as a Director of Norris Cancer Hospital and All Coast Forest Products. He serves as a Director of Avery Dennison, Security Pacific Corporation, Security Pacific National Bank, Peretec Computer, American Petroleum Institute, Petroleum Suppliers Association and the World President' Organization.

Advisory Board

Dean of the USC Marshall School of Business

Dean James Ellis has overseen the USC Marshall School of Business since 2007. Previously he served as the University's Vice Provost for Globalization, Marshall's Vice Dean for External Relations, and Marshall's Associate Dean for the Undergraduate Program. As an instructor, he has been named professor of the year by many organizations, and in 2003 received Marshall's Golden Apple Award and Teaching Has No Boundaries Award. Professor Ellis continues to teach Marshall's invitation-only Freshman Leadership Colloquium each Fall. Dean Ellis serves on boards at the Capital Group and Mercury Insurance as well as a number of non-profit boards.

Dean of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Dean Jack H. Knott has overseen the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy in August 2005. He is the C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair and Professor. Before joining USC, Dean Knott served from 1997 until 2005 as professor of political science and director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Chicago. From 1987 to 1997, Dean Knott was a professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University, where he served as departmental chair and director of Michigan State’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research.

Dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Yannis C. Yortsos is the Dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the Zohrab Kaprielian Chair in Engineering, a position he holds since 2005. Prior to that he served from 2001 to 2005 as Associate Dean and then as Sr. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Yortsos served as chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering between 1991 and 1996 and since 1995 he also holds the Chester Dolley Professorship. He received a BS (Diploma) degree in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and MS and PhD degrees from the California Institute of Technology, all in chemical engineering. His research area is in fluid flow, transport and reaction processes in porous media with specific application to the subsurface. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2008 and since July 2017 he serves as a member of the NAE Council. In 2011 he was awarded the distinction of honorary member of the AIME, in 2013 he was elected as Associate member of the Academy of Athens, in 2014 he received the Ellis Medal of Honor and since 2017 he holds an honorary degree from Tsinghua University.

USC Vice President of Admissions and Planning

Katharine Harrington became vice president of admissions and planning at USC in August 2010, having previously served as dean of admission and financial aid since 2005. As vice president, she provides oversight for USC’s enrollment activities including admission, financial aid, academic records, and the registrar. She works closely with the provost and others on budget and planning related to tuition revenue, retention and financial aid, and with academic units to continue the improvement of retention, and graduation rates.

Dean of Religious Life

Varun Soni is the Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California. Dean Soni received his B.A. degree in Religion from Tufts University, where he also earned an Asian Studies minor and completed the Program in Peace and Justice Studies. He subsequently received his M.T.S. degree from Harvard Divinity School and his M.A. degree through the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He went on to receive his J.D. degree from University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, where he also completed the Critical Race Studies Program and served as an editor for the Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law.

Executive Director - Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Kirk O. Hanson is Executive Director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and John Courtney Murray S.J. University Professor of Social Ethics, positions he has held since 2001. In 2001, he took early retirement from Stanford University where he taught in the Graduate School of Business for 23 years and is now an emeritus faculty member.

Gregory & Hoenemeyer, Inc., Chairman

Mr. Gregory's professional expertise includes Corporate Governance and Ethical Business Practices, mergers and acquistions, and tax policy. Mr. Gregory has served successfully in numerous leadership roles as chairman of the board, CEO, investment banker, merchant banker and director of public, private and non-profit corporations.

Technical Fellow & Managing Director, Microsoft Research

Eric Horvitz is the Director of the Microsoft Research lab at Redmond. Pursuing research on principles of machine intelligence and on leveraging the complementarities of human and machine reasoning.  He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and the CHI Academy and is a fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). 

Managing Director of Cook & Company

Gary Cook is the Managing Director of Cook & Company. He is an executive coach, senior consultant, and leader with over twenty-five years of leadership experience in a broad range of large and small private and public enterprises. He is a pioneer in using innovative technologies to create change and improvement, as documented in his book, Consilience Leadership.

Advisory Board

George Patrick Murphy began his business career working for the Commercial Division of Scott Paper Company (acquired by Kimberly-Clark Corporation in 1995), and eventually assumed the roles of Vice President of Sales and Business Integration at Sani-Fresh International, (a Scott Paper Worldwide Subsidiary), North America Vice President of Sales and Channel Development, Away From Home Division, Vice President –Business Leader Asia Pacific Region (Headquartered in Hong Kong), and later as Kimberly-Clark North America Vice President, Away From Home Division, and Corporate Officer.

Academic Advisory Board

Professor & Director Emeritus of Neely Center for Ethical Leadership

Professor James O’Toole began his academic career at the USC business school in 1973 where he held the University Associates' Chair of Management, served as Executive Director of the Leadership Institute, and editor of New Management magazine.


David V. Budescu is the inaugural Anne Anastasi Professor of Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology at Fordham University.  He held tenured positions at the University of Illinois and the University of Haifa, and visiting positions at Carnegie Mellon University, University of Gotheborg, the Kellog School at Northwestern University, and the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology).

Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering

George A. Bekey is an authority on robot research and applications, and is known for his scientific achievements, broad technological perspective and humanistic approach. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Bekey was chosen by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to lead a 2005-2006 assessment of the state of robotics in the United States, Western Europe and the Pacific Rim. 

Professor of Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University

Ronald A. Howard has been Professor in the Department of Engineering-Economic Systems (now the Department of Management Science and Engineering) in the School of Engineering of Stanford University since 1965. Professor Howard is one of the founders of the decision analysis discipline.