Asked about dean con­tro­versy, USC trustees are mostly silent

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION -

The Times con­tacted the 57 vot­ing trustees of the Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia for re­ac­tion to the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing for­mer med­i­cal school dean Dr. Car­men A. Pu­li­afito. Only two trustees com­mented. USC Pres­i­dent C. L. Max Nikias has re­leased state­ments to the cam­pus com­mu­nity. For the full list, go to la­times.com/trustees.

RICK J. CARUSO

Founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive, Caruso Af­fil­i­ated

‘If the al­le­ga­tions are true, I’m very dis­turbed and con­demn the il­le­gal use of drugs, es­pe­cially by some­one who holds the high­est level of trust and care.’

JOHN MORK

Chair­man, Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Board of Trustees

‘I have ut­most con­fi­dence and trust in Pres­i­dent Nikias’ and Provost Quick’s abil­ity to lead USC through this chal­leng­ing time and to move the univer­sity for­ward . ... I am cer­tain they will work quickly and de­ci­sively to make all ne­c­es­sary changes and will put in place poli­cies and pro­ce­dures to pre­vent some­thing like this from hap­pen­ing again.’

C. L. MAX NIKIAS

Pres­i­dent, Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia

‘One in­di­vid­ual and his ac­tions, in no way, re­flect our core val­ues, nor de­fine who we are as a univer­sity. It is in mo­ments such as these that the Tro­jan Fam­ily shows its ex­tra­or­di­nary strength, and it is in mo­ments such as these that our com­mu­nity comes to­gether, united in per­se­ver­ance.’

Richard Vo­gel As­so­ci­ated Press

Liz O. Baylen Los An­ge­les Times

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