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USC Board of Trustees Proclamation on the Occasion of the End of Howard Gillman's Tenure  as Dean of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

USC Board of Trustees Proclamation on the Occasion of the End of Howard Gillman's Tenure as Dean of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

April 2012

WHEREAS throughout his exceptional tenure at the University of Southern California, which has already exceeded two decades, Howard Gillman has proven to be a stellar leader, teacher, scholar, and ambassador for our community; and

WHEREAS having served as dean of the USC Dana and David Dornsife of College of Letters, Arts and Sciences since June 2007, and as a professor of political science, history, and law, he has been a key member of the university’s academic community and its senior leadership, as well as an insightful and experienced voice among his colleagues; and

WHEREAS as dean of the Dornsife College, he has overseen the largest, oldest, and most diverse academic unit on USC’s University Park Campus, a unit comprised of 33 academic departments, 31 research centers and institutes, 7500 undergraduates, 1300 Ph.D. students, 300 master’s students, and more than 780 faculty members; and

WHEREAS during his tenure, Dean Gillman accelerated USC Dornsife’s reputation for world-class research and scholarship, recruited outstanding new faculty, and promoted innovation in academic programs; and WHEREAS he also oversaw continued improvements in the quality of Ph.D. education and expanded undergraduate opportunities to conduct research, study overseas, and engage in service learning; and

WHEREAS he also significantly bolstered fundraising efforts, and played a central role in securing the largest single gift in the university’s history, one that names the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences in perpetuity, while providing unrestricted support for its endowment; and

WHEREAS he also secured lead gifts to create new facilities for the Brain and Creativity Institute, and at the conclusion of his tenure as dean, will have raised approximately $450 million; and

WHEREAS over the past five years, Dean Gillman increased external funding for research every year, having led a team that successfully secured a Science and Technology Center on Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations from the National Science Foundation; and

WHEREAS the USC community has long benefitted from Dean Gillman’s inspired leadership, as he previously held appointments as associate vice provost for research advancement and chair of the department of political science; and

WHEREAS Dean Gillman stands among the university’s most decorated teachers, having been tapped as a faculty member of the month by the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society and is a Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the Center for Excellence in Teaching; and

WHEREAS in 2001, Dean Gillman also received USC Dornsife’s General Education Teaching Award, as well as the USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching, which remains the university’s highest award for career achievement in teaching; and

WHEREAS Dean Gillman is a nationally-recognized expert on constitutional studies and judicial politics, having authored award-winning books and numerous highly-regarded publications; and

WHEREAS Dean Gillman will continue to make significant contributions—to USC, to scholarship, and to society—long after he steps down from his role as dean in June 2012;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Trustees and the president of the University of Southern California honors, with the highest esteem, the commitment and contributions of Howard Gillman to the well-being and continued vitality of the university and its Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and proclaims its enduring and profound gratitude for his service.