In Memoriam: Dean Emeritus Jack R. Borsting

Memorial services are pending for Dean Emeritus Jack R. Borsting, who stewarded USC Marshall during a time of tremendous growth and opportunity.

August 18, 2016

Memorial services are pending for Dean Emeritus Jack R. Borsting, who stewarded USC Marshall during a time of tremendous growth and opportunity.

During Dr. Borsting’s tenure, several important milestones were reached including significant revisions in the MBA and Undergraduate programs. The school flourished as the Leventhal School of Accounting received its naming gift, the lead gift for Popovich Hall was obtained, new programs were created and outstanding faculty members were recruited.

“We have lost a dear member of our Trojan Family, a gifted teacher, a dedicated public servant and an admired scholar,” said Dean James G. Ellis. “Jack was a warm and wonderful man who will be deeply missed.”

Jack Borsting’s distinguished career included an impressive and wide range of public and academic service. He was appointed Assistant Secretary of Defense by President Carter and President Reagan, and also served as provost and academic dean at the Naval Postgraduate School. After receiving his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oregon, he held academic positions at the University of Colorado, University of Oregon and Oregon State University. He later served as dean of the University of Miami School of Business Administration.

Following his years as Dean, Dr. Borsting continued to serve USC Marshall as the E. Morgan Stanley Professor of Business Administration and executive director of the Institute for Communication Technology Management. In 2011, his contributions to the university were honored with the USC Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to a very select number of retired faculty at the annual Academic Honors Convocation.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy, his son, Eric and his daughter, Lynn, as well as a large extended family.