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.
She also oversees USC’s institutional research activities including the collection, analysis, and reporting of data on institutional quality and outcomes. Harrington holds academic appointments in the USC Marshall School of Business and in the USC Dornsife College. She previously served USC as associate vice provost for academic programs and director of undergraduate retention. In this role she helped administer academic programs across the university, served as the provost’s liaison for the arts schools, and was instrumental in the tremendous improvement in USC’s graduation rates. Prior to joining the Office of the Provost, she worked in the USC Marshall School of Business as associate dean of undergraduate programs and as associate director of the USC Center for Crisis Management. She earned her BS in business administration at the University of Redlands, her MBA from Pepperdine University, and her PhD in religion and social ethics from USC.