University of Southern California

The Trojan Network

Our alumni truly give of themselves. You will find that USC Marshall Alumni come from all walks of life, in businesses foreign and domestic, and hold positions such as President, CEO, CFO, COO, Vice President and Director in businesses ranging from the Fortune 100 to entrepreneurial ventures, providing you access to a wealth of knowledge and support.

USC boasts more than 233,000 living alumni around the world in over 90 different countries, with more than 70,000 from USC Marshall.

We could certainly tell you much more about our wonderful alumni who make up the Trojan Family, but instead we would like to share with you a quote on networks from Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty by best-selling author Harvey Mackay. In the chapter, “The Four Best Places to Go Prospecting,” he states:

“…but the University of Southern California tops my list. There’s the football thing, of course, à la Notre Dame, but there is also the well-worn description of the alumni network that fits it perfectly: the Southern Cal Mafia.”

“I don’t know if they take a blood oath to help, hire, mentor, and generally take care of each other, but they act as if they did. From the day you graduate, the USC network is there for you. And, in turn, you, as a graduate, are expected to be there for other USC alumni.”

“In my opinion, the USC alumni network is the tightest, most effective, and most closed to non-initiates of any alumni network in the country….”

Interestingly, Mr. Mackay is NOT a USC alumnus!

DeWolfe Event

MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe speaks with students.

Notable USC Marshall Alumni

William Schoen
Chairman, Health Management Associates
BA 1960, MBA 1963

Jon Huntsman
Chairman, Huntsman Chemical
MBA 1966

Thomas Hicks
CEO & Chairman,
Hicks Holdings LLC
MBA 1970

Kim Seung-Yu
CEO & Chairman, Hana Bank
MBA 1971

Robert Rodriguez
CEO, First Pacific Advisors
BS 1971, MBA 1975

Yang Ho Cho
CEO & Chairman, Korean Air
MBA 1979

Lloyd Greif
CEO & President, Greif & Co.
MBA 1979

James Williams
Partner, Texas Pacific Group
BS 1978, MBA 1980 

Stephen Goodall
CEO & President, J.D. Power & Associates
MBA 1988

Bradford Duea
President, Napster
MBA 1993

Chris DeWolfe
Founder, MySpace.com
MBA 1997
Lloyd Grief Center Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year, 2006


Paul Orfalea with Students

Kinko's founder Paul Orfalea (BS 1971) conducts a seminar in entrepreneurship.