On September 20, USC Rossier Professor Emeritus John Brooks Slaughter, who held a joint appointment with USC Viterbi, was celebrated at a naming ceremony commemorating the new John Brooks Slaughter Center for Engineering Diversity.
Professor Slaughter joined USC in 2010 and was one of a select few distinguished University Professors, and the Dean’s Professor of Education and Engineering. Slaughter's education research was in the areas of higher education leadership, diversity and inclusion in higher education, the underrepresentation of minorities in STEM, and issues related to access and affordability in higher education. With a storied career that spanned 66 years in the private sector, academia and federal government, he, in a historic moment, became the first African American to direct the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1980. Professor Emeritus Slaughter retired from USC in the summer of 2022.