William W. Holder was installed as the fifth dean of the USC Leventhal School of Accounting on Sept. 19 at Town & Gown.
Holder is the second person to hold the Alan Casden Dean’s Chair. He replaces Randolph Beatty, who served as dean for 10 years before stepping down this year to return to the classroom.
Provost and senior vice president for academic affairs Elizabeth Garrett presented Holder with the chair. In her introduction, Garrett described USC Leventhal as “a distinguished center of research and innovation” and Holder as “essential to its institutional success.”
Holder, a USC professor since 1979, is an expert on auditing and financial accounting and reporting. He directed the university’s SEC and Financial Reporting Institute from 1994 until this year.
In his speech, Holder thanked Garrett and USC Marshall School of Business dean James G. Ellis for their support during the transition to his new post. He also noted the importance of endowed chairs like the one provided by USC trustee Casden, who attended the ceremony.
“Without such gifts, we cannot attract and retain top faculty,” Holder said.
He also cited Kenneth Leventhal’s “drive, sense of purpose and ethical standards,” and his longtime support of the USC School of Accounting, which was renamed for Leventhal and his wife, Elaine, in 1996.
The ceremony was attended by nearly 200 guests, including Ellis, Beatty, Mrs. Elaine Leventhal and her son, Ross Leventhal, and academic deans from several USC schools. In addition to the USC delegation, Holder’s wife, Carolyn, his daughter, Kathryn, and his son, Marc, as well as former colleagues from New York and Oklahoma, attended the ceremony.