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Tim Bessolo

Assistant Provost for Division Initiatives and Operations, Division of Student Affairs

By Remi Levoff

Tim Bessolo looks forward to new challenges ahead.Photo by Dietmar QuistorfTim Bessolo looks forward to new challenges ahead.

Tim Bessolo, newly appointed assistant provost for Division Initiatives and Operations, has moved quickly into his position in the Division of Student Affairs. Bessolo will oversee the Office of International Services, Parent Programs, Transfer and Veteran Student Programs and critical division initiatives and financial operations.

No stranger to USC, Bessolo earned his doctorate in education from the USC Rossier School of Education and comes to Student Affairs from the USC School of Social Work where he served as assistant dean of academic affairs.

During his time in the School of Social Work, Bessolo solidified his desire to work in higher education. “Since work is somewhere you have to go every day, it’s nice to find something you love to do,” he said. “Working in higher education has always been one area I’ve really enjoyed. And now knowing the area within higher education that I really enjoy, and being able to do that, has been really nice.”

Less than one month into the job, he’s already thrilled with his new position. So far, he is most impressed by the sheer variety of sectors within Student Affairs.

“That’s what’s been most eye opening,” Bessolo explained, “the great diversity of the division. That will ultimately be the biggest challenge, just taking time to understand all of the units and their diverse needs.”

But he’s not deterred by a challenge; in fact he welcomes it.

“I always knew that if I was going to be in higher education, I wanted to be at a top university and USC is that,” Bessolo said.

Drawn to USC’s one-of-a-kind approach to operations, development and strategic planning, Bessolo looks forward to working with Ainsley Carey, vice provost for Student Affairs, and being part of his team. “We are in a position where we can really do a lot since USC allows [Student Affairs] to be so innovative and entrepreneurial. The potential is limitless. If you come in with creative approaches and creative ideas, you can really do some amazing things here.”