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Patrick C. Haden

Patrick C. Haden

Athletic Director

Patrick C. Haden was named USC’s seventh athletic director effective August 3, 2010, charged with overseeing the university’s 21 women’s and men’s athletic teams.

The inaugural holder of the Charles Griffin Cale Director of Athletics’ Chair, Haden also holds a joint faculty appointment in the USC Marshall School of Business and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where he is available to lecture and teach courses as well as to work with faculty on developing new curricula in areas such as sports business and sports journalism.

A Trojan alumnus, Haden played a prominent role as quarterback and team leader during one of USC’s golden eras of athletic achievement. He was a two-time Academic All-American in football, graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from USC, and received a Rhodes Scholarship to study philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University. He earned his law degree from Loyola Law School in 1982.

Haden played professionally in the NFL for the Los Angeles Rams from 1976 to 1981. He then moved on to take a position as a sportscaster at CBS, later becoming well known as NBC’s color commentator for Notre Dame football.

Since 1987, Haden has been a general partner at Riordan, Lewis & Haden, a private equity firm that invests in high-growth middle-market companies, playing a key role in the development of privately held and publicly traded portfolio companies.

Also a noted civic leader, Haden has served on many nonprofit boards, including those of the Rose Hills Foundation and the Fletcher Jones Foundation, both of which support California colleges and universities.

As a member of the USC Board of Trustees from 1991 to 2010, Haden was a longtime chairman of the Academic Affairs and Student Affairs committees, serving as a key adviser to two university provosts. He also chaired a fund-raising initiative for the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

Last Updated: 12/07/11