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.
He served as a Director of Energy Corporation of America, Inc. (formerly Energy Corporation of America) since 2009 until December 15, 2016. He served as a Director of Elamex SA de CV since 1995. He received a B.S. in Industrial Management/Business Administration from University of Southern California. In 2013 he was the recipient of the USC Alumni Merit Award.