University of Southern California

Ceremony Honors New USC Leventhal Dean
William Holder Installation Ceremony Held Sept. 19
September 27, 2011 • by News at Marshall

William W. Holder was installed as Dean and the holder of the Alan Casden Dean’s Chair at the USC Leventhal School of Accounting in a ceremony held Monday, Sept. 19 at Town and Gown. Holder is the fifth dean of the USC Leventhal School and the second to hold the Casden Chair.

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Elizabeth Garrett presented Holder with the chair. In her introduction, Garrett described the USC Leventhal School as "a distinguished center of research and innovation" and Holder as "essential to its institutional success."

Holder, who has been a USC professor since 1979, is an expert on auditing and financial accounting and reporting. He directed the USC SEC and Financial Reporting Institute from 1994 until 2011.

In his speech, Holder thanked Provost Garrett and USC Marshall Dean James G. Ellis for their support during his transition to becoming dean. He also noted the crucial importance of endowed chairs such as the one provided by USC Trustee Alan Casden, who was present at the ceremony. "Without such gifts, we cannot attract and retain top faculty," Holder said.

Further, Holder cited Kenneth Leventhal’s "drive, sense of purpose and ethical standards," and his longtime support of USC’s School of Accounting, which was renamed for Leventhal and his wife, Elaine, in 1996.

The ceremony was attended by approximately 200 guests, including Mrs. Leventhal and son Ross Leventhal; Dean Ellis; Randolph Beatty, who served as the Leventhal School dean for 10 years before stepping down this year to return to the classroom; and academic deans from a range of USC schools. In addition to the USC delegation, Holder’s wife, Carolyn, daughter, Kathryn, and a son, Marc, as well as former colleagues who traveled from New York and Oklahoma attended the event.

The Leventhal School’s programs are widely recognized in the top tier of accounting education worldwide. The Leventhal undergraduate program is ranked fourth by U.S. News & World Report and seventh by Public Accounting Report; the Master of Accounting program is ranked fourth by Public Accounting Report.

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