Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 12:00pm to 12:50pm
Tommy's Place, TCC basement
“What Matters to Me and Why” represents a creative solution to an important and often unrecognized problem in the university setting: the separation of intellectual life from personal and spiritual issue. The people who shape USC, who teach students the ways of their particular disciplines, and who help them develop marketable skills also have a great deal to pass on in terms of worldly wisdom, moral guidance, and sources of spiritual strength.
Lynn Swann is USC's Athletic Director. He is a legendary Hall of Fame wide receiver with USC and the Pittsburgh Steelers, who went on to make a mark in the worlds of broadcasting, politics, corporate governance, civic engagement and philanthropy. In his first year on the job, 2016-17, he saw the football team win the Rose Bowl (while also defeating traditional rivals UCLA and Notre Dame), the women's soccer and beach volleyball teams win NCAA championships, the men's basketball team defeat highly-ranked crosstown foe UCLA, and Trojan athletes win 21 medals (9 gold) at the Rio Olympics. Swann earned his bachelors's degree in public relations from USC in 1974, and later returned for graduate studies in broadcasting.
As a philanthropist, Swann has raised money for a variety of charitable and community organizations, including scholarships for the Pittsburgh Ballet. He also served as chairman of the national board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, an organization with which he was active for more than 30 years. Previously, he also worked for ABC from 1976 to 2006, serving as a host, reporter, and analyst for a wide range of events, including college football, Monday Night Football and the USFL.