USC alumnus Steve Keck, a financial analyst and co-president of the W.M. Keck Foundation, was elected Wednesday to the university’s Board of Trustees.
Keck, who works at Los Angeles-based asset management firm TCW Group as a managing director focusing on corporate credit in the emerging markets division, also serves as a member of the Board of Overseers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
Keck holds two degrees from the USC Marshall School of Business, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1997 and an MBA in 2005. His father, William M. Keck II, also earned both a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from USC Marshall and was a member of the USC Board of Trustees for 32 years.
Keck’s mother, two brothers and wife are also USC alumni.
President Carol L. Folt said Keck “is an accomplished business leader with deep ties to our medical enterprise, serving as co-president of the Keck Foundation and as a member of the Keck School of Medicine’s Board of Overseers.”
“Steve has played a critical role in reviewing and supporting cutting-edge research across medicine, the sciences, engineering and technology, and in supporting arts and culture, education, health and community service projects across Los Angeles,” she said. “As multigenerational Trojans, he and his family are passionate about USC and have helped us develop partnerships and programs that have elevated the university’s standing in Los Angeles and beyond.”
Keck said he is “looking forward to getting more involved and contributing back to my alma mater.”
“Being a trustee is important in terms of helping the school achieve its long-term strategy objectives and help support President Folt and the administration,” he said.
The W.M. Keck Foundation that he co-leads is one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the nation, supporting pioneering discoveries in science, engineering and medical research.
“In this century, in order for a university to be successful, it needs to have a strong research component, and I think USC is well-positioned,” Keck said. “With the partnership of the W.M. Keck Foundation, USC has developed not only a world-class school of medicine but a clinical health system, as well.”
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