March 7, 2010
As Its Popular Chief Retires, U. of Southern California Eyes an Encore
New leader must sustain university's ambitious ascent into elite ranks
David Zentz for The Chronicle
Steven B. Sample has been called many things on this campus—darling of donors, beloved leader, brilliant scientist—but above all he is a master marketer. Mr. Sample, 69, president of the University of Southern California, delights in promoting his institution. After Time magazine named USC its College of the Year a decade ago, he had the article reprinted 600,000 times.
"Every living Trojan got at least two copies," he says. "Every dead Trojan got at least