USC Marshall Greatness Shared


2020-2021 was unique, and uniquely challenging, for the USC Marshall School of Business. After pivoting to remote instruction in a few short days with the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, we subsequently taught more than 1,300 fully online distinct course sections to our nearly 7,000 degree students over the last year. The adaptability, compassion, creativity, resilience and talent of the entire Marshall community have never been more evident nor more important.

This past year will no doubt be long remembered as “the COVID year.” But that label should not lead us to overlook the incredible advances at Marshall made possible by the amazing accomplishments of our faculty, students, and staff highlighted in this, my first Dean’s Report. From the recognition for bright, young faculty, to alumni leadership on the most critical issues facing society, to helping solve the most difficult and pressing economic challenges, Marshall made its mark in ways befitting a top business school.

No one report could ever hope to capture every development at our school this year, any more than any one ranking can accurately measure the full value of a school.

With that in mind, I hope you enjoy this look at this past year, and that you will take it as an invitation to come see the start of Marshall’s next great chapter – up close and in person – when we can all gather again.

With warm regards,

Geoffrey Garrett

Robert R. Dockson Dean's Chair in Business Administration
Professor of Management and Organization

USC Marshall 2020-2021 in Review

U.S. News & World Report 2021 “Best Grad Schools” Rankings

Faculty Achievements

Adel Javanmard

Sloan Research Fellowship in Mathematics

Deborah MacInnis

American Marketing Association Fellow

Yanhao “Max” Wei

2021 Marketing Science Institute Young Scholar

Crislynn Freed

President of CalCPA Education Foundation

In the news


Biden’s China Challenge

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Whatever Happened to Eating a Bowl of Cereal?


Keep Your Hands and Feet Inside the Ride – and Your Money Far Away From It


What It Means to Return to a “Pre-Pandemic” Economy


Donald Trump’s Presidency Was the Worst Thing That Happened to the Trump Brand

The Hill

To Rein in Social Media, the Market Will Suffice

Business Insider

Seven Months After George Floyd’s Death, Corporations Are Still ‘Diversity Washing’ Instead of Making Actual Changes


Gratitude Reduces Stress and Boosts Motivation, Yet Half of Workers Don’t Receive It

Entrepreneur Magazine

We Helped Greece Build an AI System to Make Covid-19 Testing More Efficient. Here’s What We Learned.

Thought Leadership

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Etan Thomas

Marshall Contributes Much to Annual USC DEI Week

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Student transfer

Marshall MBAs Win Grand Prize in First John R. Lewis Racial Case Competition

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Bill Holland ’72 Was a Legend on the Trojan Football Field. Now’s He’s Back at USC, Raising Money for Under-Represented Minority Students

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Bryanna Wallace ’19 Started Justice in June to Help People Understand Why Black Lives Matter

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Marshall Celebrates International Women’s Day and Explores Ways to Increase Female Representation in Leadership, Tech, and Finance

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& Innovation

USC Marshall’s Athena Conference for Women Entrepreneurs Thrives Online

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Marshall MBA Students Prep Launch of Showpa, an App That Will Push Streaming to Next Level

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Brian Conyer’s (MBA.PM ’17) Startup GIBLIB was Doing Great During the Pandemic, until he Needed a Break… at his Parents’ Alpaca Farm

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Daniel Rice ’19 Knows More About Medical-Grade Masks Than Most People

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Teaching Innovation

Leventhal Dean Bill Holder

Leventhal Dean Bill Holder Wrote Op-Ed for AACSB on How Business Schools Have Adapted in the Pandemic Era

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Emily Nix

Marshall Professor Emily Nix Built a Better Way to Teach Remotely

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online learning

The Marshall School Enjoys Strong ROI for Its Early Investment in Online Learning

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Dean's Dialogue

In a New Initiative, Marshall Dean Geoff Garrett Brings Business Leaders, Innovators and Thinkers to Marshall Via a Webinar Series

Trojan Spirit of Philanthropy


Alumni, Parents, Organizations, and Friends Stepped up to Help Students at Marshall and Leventhal in an Unprecedented Year

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The Generous Gifts of James R. Parks (’72, MBT ’75) Are Helping Leventhal Reach a Lofty Goal

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Second Annual FORWARD Summit Connects Marshall MBAs With Black, Latino, and Other Business Leaders of Color, Awards, and Scholarships

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