USC to honor Mark and Mary Stevens


Mark and Mary Stevens, long-time donors and supporters of USC, will receive honorary degrees from USC at the upcoming university commencement ceremonies in May 2016.

The Stevens couple is the namesake behind the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, which Mark and Mary Stevens established in 2004 by donating $22 million to create a university-wide resource supporting USC faculty, inventors and students to translate their research and innovations to the market.

The honorary degrees recognize Mark and Mary Stevens for their contributions to the USC community. In addition to endowing USC Stevens, they donated $50 million last year to establish the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute to accelerate new therapies and cures for brain injuries and neurodegenerative disease. The couple also supported the formation of the Stevens Student-Athlete Academic Services floor in the new John McKay Center sports facility and made a significant gift to the USC Caruso Catholic Center, as reported by USC News.

Mark Stevens, a USC trustee since 2001, is a well-known venture capitalist in Silicon Valley, where he is a leader at S-Cubed Capital and Sequoia Capital. Mary Stevens, who worked in the commercial real estate brokerage business for 13 years, has served as a member of the Santa Clara University Board of Trustees since 2012.

For more info, read the USC News article.

–By USC Stevens staff, published April 22, 2016. Photos reprinted with permission of USC News (Mark Stevens, photo by Nancy Rothstein; Mary Stevens, photo courtesy of Mary Stevens).