EDUCATION | 2022 LA500
President USC Folt became USC’s 12th president and first woman leader in 2019. She oversees the county’s largest private university, with 49,500 graduate and undergraduate students, 4,674 full-time faculty and an annual budget of more than $6 billion. When she took over, the university was reeling from multiple scandals, most notably the college admissions bribery case and alleged sexual abuse committed by former campus gynecologist George Tyndall. Folt has since pursued other initiatives, including hiring the university’s first sustainability officer. Prior to assuming the top USC post, Folt served four years as chancellor for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.