USC president Carol Folt announced the executive committee of the Board of Trustees voted for the immediate removal of former president Rufus Von Kleinsmid’s name from the VKC building on campus.
Students and faculty have pushed for this for several years.
“He expanded research, academic programs, and curriculum in international relations,” Folt said. “But, he was also an active supporter of eugenics and his writings on the subject are at direct odds with USC’s multicultural community and our mission of diversity and inclusion.
“Temporarily, the building will be called The Center for International and Public Affairs. We will soon begin an inclusive process to rename the building.”
A bust of Von Kleinsmid was also removed.https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
View Folt’s statement here.
Cromwell Field has also come under scrutiny because it is named after track coach Dean Cromwell, who has been accused of anti-semitism during the 1936 Olympics.
If you want some background information on the VKC controversy, click here.