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First Meeting of the USC Board of Trustees

 

—USC — University of Southern California —

 
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By J. J. Prats, November 29, 2018
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Inscription.  The Board of Trustees of the University of Southern California met for the first time on September 3, 1880, culminating years of efforts by leaders of the Methodist Episcopal Conference of Southern California. The Board accepted the gift of this land from civil leaders Ozro W. Childs, John G. Downey, and Isaias Hellman and elected the Reverend Marion McKinley Bovard as the first president of USC, his ministerial appointment to this position being made September 4 by Bishop I. W. Wiley. During the next forty-one years, three of USC’s first four presidents were ministers of the Conference. In commemoration of this vision of the USC Board of Trustees, the Methodist Conference, and enlightened public spirited leaders, this plaque is placed this 28th day of July, 1992.
 
Erected 1992.
 
Location. 34° 1.273′ N, 118° 17.094′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of Trousdale Parkway and Hellman Way, on the right when traveling north on Trousdale Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Los Angeles CA 90089, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
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By J. J. Prats, November 29, 2018
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Taper Hall is in the distance. Trousdale Parkway is on the right.
are within walking distance of this marker. Campus Life (within shouting distance of this marker); The Founding of USC (within shouting distance of this marker); Ceasar Estrada Chavez (within shouting distance of this marker); An International University (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Changing Campus (about 300 feet away); A Gathering Place (about 300 feet away); Student Musical Traditions (about 400 feet away); Student Media (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
 
Also see . . .  Entry for Marion M. Bovard in USC’s About USC. “In 1879, Bovard joined Judge Widney and other community leaders in planning the creation of a liberal arts college in Los Angeles under the jurisdiction of the Southern California Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Bovard was elected USC’s first president on September 3, 1880. He also served as chair of mental and moral science. Bovard’s administration saw the advent of the community’s first electric light, telephone no. 54 (‘connecting the university with all parts of the city and surrounding country’) and several new facilities, including a dormitory and a “permanent” brick building known as Old College.” (Submitted on February 13, 2019.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 15, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 13, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Last updated on February 14, 2019, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 13, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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