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Member, USC Master Plan Advisory Committee
The cardinal and gold have been part of Reginald “Reggie” Lathan’s family for generations. His daughter, a graduate of the class of 2007, is a fourth-generation Trojan. Lathan earned his undergraduate degree from USC in 1976 and went on to receive his M.B.A. from the University of Virginia. After spending five years abroad, Lathan returned to Southern California and bought the trucking company ChemTrans in 1987. He also redoubled his commitment to his alma mater. Examples of his involvement include service as a member of the Board of Trustees and as president of the USC Alumni Association. Because of his association with the university and his extensive business experience, Lathan also was asked to join the USC Master Plan Advisory Committee.
Lathan wants the master plan to continue to keep the university an open campus. He believes that the student experience at USC is enhanced by the Los Angeles urban environment. In recent years, especially since he graduated, Lathan has noticed that USC has transitioned into a community campus that encourages a free and open exchange of information with all stakeholders. He thinks that the university’s relationship and readiness to work with members of the community – which is evident in the creation of the advisory committee – should remain a critical aspect of any development that USC proposes. While Lathan acknowledges that both the university and the neighborhood will change in the coming years, he believes that success will require strong dialogue, planning and vision.
“The university’s reputation is enhanced by the community,” Lathan said. “One of USC’s greatest attributes is being so centrally located in Los Angeles and maintaining a meaningful relationship with the community. Clearly the community has benefited from USC’s engagement and the master plan will help secure the future for all stakeholders.”