Renee J. Perez
Vice Dean, Administration and Finance
Renee received a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in nonprofit management in 2015 from USC. In addition, she completed the prestigious H.E.R.S Institute in Higher Education Leadership Development in 2016. She has 13 years of experience in higher education administration, she began her USC career in Dornsife in 2011, before that she worked at California State University Long Beach. She also spent many years working in both primary/secondary education and corporate environments.
In her current position, she oversees the administration and finance of USC Dornsife. The areas for which she is responsible are Operations, Finance, Research, Faculty Affairs, Diversity, Human Resources, Technology Services, Architectural and Facility Services. She and her team of outstanding individuals have a strong focus on improvements in efficient processes and customer service to ensure our academic and research mission continually progresses upward.
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Director of Research Administration
Monica Bolden has over 30 years in research and clinical trial administration. She started her research administration career at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio at the early stages of fuel cell research. She has over five years experience in a sponsored programs office similar to the USC DCG dept.
Prior to joining USC, she worked UCLA as the CFO for the Chemistry Biochemistry department processing grants, contracts as well as gifts and endowments.
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Program Director, Architectural Services
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Associate Dean, Chief Diversity Officer
Dr. Quade French is the Associate Dean and Chief Diversity Officer of Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at USC. In his work, he centers relationship-building as foundational to any systemic change.
He guides leadership, faculty, staff, and students to emphasize humility over hubris in the pursuit of equity, curiosity over certainty as they work to build an inclusive community, and courage over fear to cultivate a positive culture at Dornsife College at USC.
He is a licensed clinical psychologist and has served as adjunct faculty in the USC Rossier School of Education. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where his research focused on the racial and ethnic identity development of transracially adopted people as well as the study of adoptive family systems; he maintains an active role with the adoption community.
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Associate Dean, Director of Faculty Affairs
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Lisa Itagaki is currently the associate dean, director of faculty affairs in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Her team of six manages the hiring, onboarding, promotions, retentions, retirements, administrative appointments, endowed appointments, leaves, teaching loads, performance evaluations, annual merit raises, visas, payroll, and records, etc., of the roughly 1,000 tenured, tenure-track, research, teaching, and practice faculty and 100 postdoctoral teaching fellows and visiting scholars across Dornsife. Lisa has worked in USC Dornsife Faculty Affairs for over 13 years, having started in January 2010, and was previously a director of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Services at UCLA Graduate Division and a former associate curator of collections at the Japanese American National Museum in Downtown LA. She holds an MA in Asian American Studies from UCLA as well as a BA in American History and African History from the University of California, San Diego.
Associate Dean for Human Resources
Jeff and his team of human resource experts provide USC Dornsife with support for all aspects of the employee life cycle. From recruitment through exit strategy, the human resources team guides, coaches and consults with USC Dornsife employees at every stage.
Prior to joining USC, Jeff gained extensive experience leading organizational change and growth. He first joined the university as the human resources manager for USC Libraries before moving to USC Dornsife. Bringing a wealth of experience from private and public institutions of higher education, private industry and government agencies, Jeff uses his insights and professional experience to positively impact the USC Dornsife workforce.
Jeff is a graduate of Illinois State University (B.S.) and Michigan State University with dual master’s degrees in adult education and higher education administration. He has served on numerous nonprofit boards and community advisory councils.
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Associate Dean and Chief Technology Officer/Chief Information Officer
John has 25 years of experience as an information technology professional. In his current role, John leads the USC Dornsife Technology Services team, which oversees teaching, research and administrative IT support for over 4,000 USC Dornsife faculty, students and staff. John joined USC Dornsife as IT director in 2004 to build a formal and comprehensive IT support team. With a focus on customer service and an entrepreneurial approach, he has built a world-class department supporting help desk operations, research computing, distance learning, technology enhanced learning, application development, web development and infrastructure management.
In 2007, John received the inaugural USC Dornsife Staff Achievement Award. John’s management and technical specialties include team building, setting IT vision, leadership, cross-unit collaboration, project management, technology innovation, web development, application development, distance learning, and network and system design.
Prior to USC, John worked for 15 years in the entertainment industry as IT director for Mole-Richardson Company, an 87-year-old Hollywood movie lighting company. He is a graduate of the USC Marshall School of Business.
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Executive Director, Decision Support
Eric’s research experience spans more than 18 years in both academic and industry settings. Among his accomplishments is the development and commercialization of medical devices and clinical research software with a focus on improving health outcomes. Eric completed his biomedical engineering degree at the University of Miami and initiated his career designing and commercializing implantable medical devices at Johnson and Johnson.
After seven years, he transitioned into the clinical research sector, working in both operations and informatics (e.g., electronic medical records, clinical research management systems, biorepositories. Most recently, he has run a consulting practice within a clinical research software company. Eric joined USC Dornsife in March 2017.
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Executive Director of Finance
Taisha Wright has over 10 years of experience in higher education, which includes both the for-profit and not-for-profit education sectors. Taisha has a proven track record of providing in-depth reviews of operations and financial analysis in order to find solutions that improve operational efficiencies, workflow, and morale with a positive budget impact. Taisha has been with the Dornsife Business Office since May 2016 and currently serves as the Executive Director of Finance. Taisha also represents USC Dornsife on many USC-wide committees and workgroups across campus.
Taisha is a first generation college graduate. She received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2007 and an executive MBA in 2021, both from USC Marshall School of Business.
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