Keck School Office of Development assembles new leadership team

FOND FAREWELL Keck School of Medicine Dean Brian Henderson (right) celebrates the career of William Watson (left), a USC development officer for 20 years. More than 100 people turned out for the Oct. 4 party at the HSC Quad.

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William D. Loadvine has been named interim leader of the development team of the Keck School of Medicine.

Loadvine, who previously served as the senior executive director for development at the Keck School, will serve as the department’s director and chief executive until a permanent leader is named. He has been at USC for 27 years.

Loadvine’s appointment follows the departure of William A. Watson, who resigned after almost 20 years at USC.

“Bill Watson’s shoes will be very difficult to fill,” said Loadvine of his predecessor. “He created the modern fundraising environment at the Keck School of Medicine.”

Among Watson’s accomplishments during his five years as Keck’s chief development officer, was leading the successful fundraising for the new Harlyne J. Norris Cancer Research Tower. He also helped secure $10 million from the Norris Foundation for the new Epigenetics Center at USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. He helped raise $1.3 billion for the Keck School of Medicine, and shepherded hundreds of millions of dollars for medical research, scholarships and clinical trials.

In addition, Tina Pakfar had been promoted to executive director of development from director of development. She now directs the fundraising activities of the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.