It isn’t every day an employee at USC speaks publically about how much money the university could lose in donations. But Sara Jensen, senior director of development for the Marshall School of Business, told Poets and Quants that her office is projecting a loss of between $30-40 million in donations following the ouster of Dean Jim Ellis.
“Our team is putting together a list of donors who have contacted us saying they either will not pay their pledge or who will not donate unless Jim is reinstated,” Jensen said. “That number is based on people who proactively contacted us during the past month, but there may be other donors who we haven’t heard from yet. From my personal relationships, we’re projected to lose over $20 million.”
The fact an actual employee is speaking on the record is pretty extraordinary. And shows how dysfunctional USC continues to be whether in the adminstration or athletic dept.