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C. L. Max Nikias Inauguration

Frederick Dow Fagg, Jr.

Fred Fagg.jpgFrederick Dow Fagg, Jr., was serving as vice president and dean of faculties at Northwestern University when he was chosen as the sixth president of USC.

A 1920 graduate of Redlands University, Fagg earned an A.M. degree at Harvard University and a J.D. at Northwestern University. An expert on civilian air law, he served as legal counsel to the Senate Commission on Aircraft Investigation, as director of the Bureau of Air Communication and as consultant to the Civil Air Authority.

In 1927, Fagg joined the faculty of USC's schools of business and law. He left USC in 1929 to accept a professorship at Northwestern, where he became dean of the School of Commerce in 1938 and vice president-dean of faculties in 1939.

Fagg began his term as USC's sixth president in September 1947. His formal inauguration was on June 11, 1948, and the ceremony in Alumni Memorial Park was held in conjunction with the baccalaureate services for the 1948 graduating class. More than 5,000 persons attended. A cap-and-gown procession, composed of more than 280 delegates representing leading universities and colleges and more than 50 educational organizations, opened the program. Asa V. Call, vice president of the board of trustees, then installed Fagg, who delivered an address focusing on the effects of war and the goals of higher education.

Fagg's administration saw the establishment of modern cost-accounting practices and the creation of an office of development for organized and systematic fund raising. He began a program of land acquisition, including the purchase of land near the Los Angeles County Hospital for a health sciences campus; initiated the construction of six buildings; and increased the library collection by two-thirds. The Institute of Safety and Systems Management was founded during his administration.

Fagg resigned in 1957.


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