Suzanne Nora Johnson has been elected the next Chair of the USC Board of Trustees, effective immediately.
Johnson, 65, is co-chair of the Brookings Institution and previously worked for Goldman Sachs.
Last week, Brookings was in the news because president John Allen resigned following allegations he illegally lobbied for Qatar. Qatar contributed tens of millions of dollars to Brookings before the funding relationship ended last year.
According to USC, Johnson was chair of the search committees that helped identify and hire Athletic Director Mike Bohn and Chief Investment Officer Amy Diamond. Remember, several candidates turned down the AD’s job before Bohn took it.
“Chair Nora Johnson is an insightful strategist and an ethical and collaborative leader,” USC President Carol Folt said in a statement. “She will work tirelessly to help USC advance and progress, and we will benefit greatly from her experience, enthusiasm, and energy.”
|“My fellow Trustees and I pledge to hold ourselves to the highest standards of ethics and accountability as we support USC,” Johnson said in a statement.|
REACTION: Johnson will not wield the power Caruso has at USC the past few years. So this probably puts more power in Folt’s hands.