That apology USC delivered to UC San Diego also included a $50 million payment in damages for taking UCSD’s Alzheimer’s program.
This is a direct of Max Nikias‘ presidency, where he had a win-at-all-costs attitude on everything. He didn’t care about the ethics of taking the Alzheimer’s program. Or the potential for a lawsuit.
Sometimes, it might have worked, like when he got the L.A. Times Book Fair to move from UCLA to USC.
But his arrogance also led to scandals like the medical school dean controversy because all that mattered was how much money the guy brought to the university. Or when he allowed a building to be named after Al Cowlings for $15 million.
Critics will also point to the damages that will be paid to victims of George Tyndall as the biggest legacy of his tenure.