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Community Mourns Passing of Former Internet2 Board of Trustees Member Steve Sample

Apr 12, 2016, by Elizabeth Boten
Tags: Board, Board of Trustees, Community, Frontpage News

Longtime Internet2 community member Steven Browning Sample, who served as USC’s 10th president from 1991 to 2010, died March 29.

Sample served on the Internet2 Board of Trustees for almost eight years, from 1997 to 2003.

Sample made improving undergraduate education USC's highest priority, overseeing the revision of the curriculum, introducing the Renaissance Scholars program and creating new majors and minors to provide “breadth with depth.” During his tenure, USC rose dramatically in the college rankings, the number of freshman applicants more than tripled and the student body grew increasingly diverse.

"Steve Sample led a transformation at the University of Southern California. He contributed the same transformative style to Internet2's Board. He was dedicated to the benefits of collaboration within the higher education and research community and was a key advocate for Internet2 with peers in California and across the nation," said Douglas Van Houweling, former president and CEO of Internet2, now serving as Professor of Information, School of Information, University of Michigan. "Despite his extremely busy schedule, he always found time to counsel me on Internet2's future."

USC’s international outreach also grew during his time at the university, particularly in the Pacific Rim. He co-founded the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, a consortium of 45 leading research universities in the Pacific region, and promoted USC’s role in positioning Los Angeles as the de facto capital of the Pacific Rim.

“Steve Sample was a transformational leader for USC and a towering figure in the American higher education community,” said Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education. “His global vision enabled him to recognize the growing importance of the Pacific Rim and the need to create linkages between American universities and their counterparts in countries such as Japan, China and Australia, even as he successfully worked on his own campus to elevate USC into one of this nation’s elite institutions.”

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