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USC president steps down, effective immediately, in wake of sex-abuse scandal

USC president steps down, effective immediately, in wake of sex-abuse scandal

C.L. Max Nikias has agreed to step down immediately from his role as president of the University of Southern California, the board of trustees chairman announced Tuesday night. A trustee will serve as interim president while the school searches for a permanent leader.

Nikias, 65, had faced intense pressure to step down after a series of scandals, with many in the campus community expressing disgust over the way the university had handled them. In May, the board chairman announced that Nikias had agreed to a transition to a new president.

But as the summer months passed with no further announcements made, calls for action grew. Last month, hundreds of faculty members signed a...

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