USC News

Menu Search

Social Policy Expert Rino J. Patti to Hold Endowed Professorship

Rino J. Patti will hold the professorship that memorializes Margaret W. Driscoll (right) and her lifelong friend, social worker Louise M. Clevenger.

RINO J. PATTI, an expert on social policy and the legislative process, will hold the Margaret W. Driscoll/Louise M. Clevenger Professorship at the USC School of Social Work. His appointment was announced by Marilyn L. Flynn, dean of the school.

The professorship was endowed by a $750,000 legacy from the estate of Pasadena social worker Louise M. Clevenger and a gift from Rudolph Driscoll, in memory of his mother, Margaret Weyerhauser Driscoll. Margaret Driscoll and Clevenger were lifelong friends: Driscoll, who was awarded an honorary doctorate from USC in 1978, began funding School of Social Work scholarships in 1962, in honor of Clevenger, and continued to do so until Clevenger’s death in 1981.

“The Driscoll/Clevenger professorship will help us to recruit and retain outstanding faculty members, such as Rino Patti, and will enable the chair holder to conduct vital research,” said Flynn.

Patti’s teaching and research focus on social policy and the legislative process, social policy and social services, organizational analysis and design, strategies of organizational change, and social welfare administration.

Patti is the author of “Social Welfare Administration: Man aging Social Programs in a Develop mental Context” (Prentice-Hall, 1983) and co-editor of “Change From Within” (Temple University Press, 1980) and “Managing for Service Effectiveness in Social Welfare” (Haworth Press, 1988). He is editor of Administration in Social Work, a journal of human services management. Publications in which his articles have appeared include Social Work, Social Service Review, Public Welfare and the Journal of Education in Social Work.

A member of the Los Angeles 2000 Partnership and the United Way Community Issues Council, he was president of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work from 1990 to 1992.

Patti taught at the University of Washington, Seattle, before joining USC as professor and dean of social work in 1988. He relinquished the deanship and returned to full-time teaching in 1997.

He was a social worker for Special Services for Groups Inc. in Los Angeles (1965), the Marianne Frostig Center for Educational Therapy in Los Angeles (1965), the Alcoholism Clinic of Cincinnati General Hospital (1962-64), the Veterans Administration Hospital in Cincinnati (1960-64), the San Bernardino County Department of Public Welfare (1959), the Psychiatric Unit of L.A. County General Hospital (1959-60) and the Los Angeles County Bureau of Public Assistance (1958-59).

Patti earned his A.B. degree, with honors, in sociology from San Diego State University in 1958, and his MSW and DSW degrees in social work from USC in 1960 and 1967, respectively.

Social Policy Expert Rino J. Patti to Hold Endowed Professorship

Top stories on USC News