John Randolph Hubbard
John Randolph Hubbard came to USC as vice president and provost after four years in India with the U.S. Agency for International Development; he became USC's eighth president on Aug. 3, 1970.
A native of Texas, Dr. Hubbard received A.B., A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas. A specialist in modern British and European history, he taught at Louisiana State University, Yale University and Newcomb College of Tulane University, where he spent 12 years as dean and professor of European history. Prior to coming to USC, Hubbard served in India as chief education adviser for the U.S. Agency for International Development. A Navy veteran with five years as a pilot during World II, Hubbard was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross and four Air Medals.
Hubbard accepted the USC presidency during a period of social and political turmoil. Student protests had been widespread on U.S. campuses during the Vietnam War, and the spring of 1970 saw campuses in upheaval over the bombing of Cambodia. In that difficult period, the usual presidential inauguration ceremony was dispensed with and the naming of the new president was announced at an Aug. 3 press conference attended by retiring President Topping, chairman of the board of trustees Justin Dart and Hubbard.
The Hubbard administration launched the fourth-largest fund-raising effort in the history of American higher education; "Toward Century II" set a goal of $265 million which was successfully realized by the end of USC's centennial year. During the Hubbard presidency, applications for admission soared and the academic standing of the entering class rose. Sixteen new buildings were begun or completed, and a university-wide landscaping project was undertaken. The Annenberg School for Communication, the School of Urban and Regional Planning, the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and the School of Accounting were founded during his presidency. USC moved into the top 20 of U.S. universities in sponsored research, and the university's endowed chairs and professorships rose to 67.
Hubbard retired in 1980 and returned to the classroom as a professor of history.