Board of Overseers

About the Board of Overseers

The Board of Overseers of the Keck School of Medicine of USC serves as an advisory group to the Keck School leadership.

The board’s top priority is helping the school leadership develop and implement a plan to become one of the top 10 medical schools in the nation. The board focuses on whether the school is well organized in its plan and whether resources are being appropriately allocated, so that the school can accomplish its goals. The board has assisted in the development of a business plan to support the School’s strategic plan.

The Overseers meet three times per year to hear updates on the School’s strategic plan, learn about key programs and pose questions and raise issues to Keck School of Medicine of USC leadership and USC President C.L. Max Nikias.

Dr. Simon Ramo, a member of the W.M. Keck Foundation Board and founder and the “R” in the TRW Corporation, organized the Keck School board in 1999. Ramo, along with his wife, USC Trustee Virginia Ramo, were the founding co-chairs of the Board of Overseers.

“Si went after the top Los Angeles business leaders who had been successful in business management,” says David Lee, PhD, an original member of the board and co-founder and managing general partner of Clarity Partners. “These leaders, along with USC President Steven B. Sample and top USC trustees made up the board.”

In 2001, the Ramos asked Lee, who holds a doctorate in physics with a minor in economics from Caltech and is a Certified Public Accountant, to take over as chair of the Board of Overseers.

More recently, John E. Bryson, former chairman, president and CEO of Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison, was appointed as chair of the Board of Overseers in 2010. Lee resumed the chairmanship after Bryson was appointed by President Barack Obama to be Secretary of Commerce.

Board of Overseers Members

Wallis Annenberg
Annenberg Foundation

Peter K. Barker
JP Morgan Chase

Gordon Binder
Coastview Capital, LLC

Eli Broad
Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation

Dr. Malcolm R. Currie
Hughes Aircraft Company

Robert A. Day
W. M. Keck Foundation

Helene V. Galen
USC Board of Trustees

Stanley P. Gold
Shamrock Holdings, Inc.

Ming Hsieh
Cogent Systems, Inc.

Ghada Irani
UNICEF, Southern California

Thomas E. Jackiewicz
Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer
USC Health

Howard B. Keck Jr.
W. M. Keck Foundation

Stephen M. Keck
Trust Company of the West

Kent Kresa
Northrop Grumman Corporation

John Kusmiersky
The Brickstone Companies

Deborah Lanni
Lanni Family Charitable Foundation

Dr. David L. Lee
Clarity Partners

Dr. Richard Merkin
Heritage Provider Network

Cecil L. Murray
Pastor (Retired)
First AME Church

Dominic Ng
East West Bancorp, Inc.

Dr. C. L. Max Nikias
University of Southern California

Dr. Michael Quick
University of Southern California

Mark Ridley-Thomas
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

Holly Robinson-Peete
HollyRod Foundation

Edward P. Roski
Majestic Realty Company

Kathryn Sample
University of Southern California

Steven Spielberg
USC Board of Trustees

Wendy Stark
Vanity Fair

Alia S. Tutor
Indego Africa

Rohit Varma, MD, MPH
Interim Dean
Keck School of Medicine

Gary L. Wilson
Manhattan Pacific Partners

Selim K. Zilkha
Zilkha Biomass Energy

In Memoriam

James P. Lower
Hanna & Morton LLP

Alfred E. Mann
Alfred E. Mann Foundation

Dr. Simon Ramo
TRW, Inc

Steven B. Sample
University of Southern California