David Harold Dornsife, chairman of the board of the Herrick Corp., a steel fabrication company, and Gillig Corp., a bus-assembly company, has been elected to the University of Southern California board of trustees.
In announcing Dornsife’s election, President Steven B. Sample said: “David Dornsife is a respected figure in his profession as well as a prominent civic leader in California. As an alumnus, he deeply values the University of Southern California and what it stands for. He is precisely the kind of leader that our board of trustees looks for when it recruits new members.”
Dornsife, a 1965 graduate of the USC Marshall School of Business, oversees the Pleasanton-based Herrick Corp. and its subsidiaries, which specialize in steel fabrication and installation. Gillig Corp. is a major supplier of metropolitan transit buses to U.S. cities.
He is vice president of the Hedco Foundation and a trustee of the San Francisco Theological Seminary, sitting on its budget and investment committee.
Dornsife’s parents, Harold and Ester, were USC alumni and generous supporters of USC until their deaths in 1999 and 2000, respectively. Dedicated to the training of young scientists, the Dornsifes supported programs in chemical engineering, chemistry and neuroscience. They endowed two chairs in the sciences at USC and were leadership donors to the Hedco Neuroscience Building. The basketball meeting room and offices in Heritage Hall also bear their names.
The younger Dornsife is a supporter of World Vision, an international humanitarian agency. He has made many overseas trips with World Vision, the last seven to the West African countries of Mauritania and Senegal.
While attending USC, Dornsife was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order and the USC track team.
After graduation, he worked for Granite Construction Co. in Watsonville, and later for M.M. Sundt Construction in Tucson. He joined Herrick in 1977.
He is married to Dana L’Archevesque, and together they have six children.