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USC president departs in the middle of the sex-abuse scandal involving the former campus gynecologist

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University of Southern California’s president to resign amid a sex-abuse scandal surrounding a university gynecologist.

The University of Southern California, the controversial president has stepped down Tuesday in the wake of the sex abuse scandal that has led to hundreds of plaintiffs suing the university and a former gynecologist. Curators are appointed to acting president.

C. L. Max Nikias, 65, and school administrators faced mounting criticism for ignoring decades of sexual misconduct complaints against Dr. George Tyndall, who works at the university clinic for 30 years.

Nikias agreed in May to step down at a date to be determined, Fox News previously reported. But the faculty addressed a petition to the trustees last week, indicating that they had waited long enough for Nikias to leave.

Tyndall, who is now retired, is the focus of about two dozen lawsuits and a police investigation into allegations involving at least 50 women.

The lawsuits allege Tyndall routinely made crude comments, took inappropriate photos and forced plaintiffs to strip naked and groped them under the guise of a medical treatment.

More than 300 people are also now suing USC over its alleged failure to prevent sexual abuse by Tyndall.

Nikias agreed to relinquish his role, but is the president emeritus and a life trustee of the school, Board of trustees President Rick J. Caruso wrote in a letter to students, faculty and alumni.

“As he always has done, Max is this action in what he believes to be in the best interest of the university, following controversies that have arisen from the unfortunate and unacceptable actions of others,” Carusa wrote, according to USC News. “From our studies, not yet complete, we have absolutely no offense Max.”

“As he always has done, Max is this action in what he believes to be in the best interest of the university, following controversies that have arisen from the unfortunate and unacceptable actions of others.”

– Rick J. Caruso, chairman, USC board of trustees

Wanda M. Austin, who is a member of the board of directors, was appointed interim president.

“She is a professional of impeccable integrity and character,” Caruso wrote, according to the Los Angeles Times. “She is deeply committed to USC, and I know that they plan to spend time in the coming weeks to listen to the views of the faculty, staff, students, and our broader community on what it takes to successfully move us into our next chapter.”

Austin has a USC engineer and became president and CEO of her own company, the Aerospace Corp. She is a former member of the Chairman of the Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and is currently a member of the boards of directors of Chevron, and Amgen, according to Caruso.

Wanda M. Austin, who is a member of the board of directors, was appointed interim president Tuesday.

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She is a strong advocate of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines as well as for minorities and women,” Caruso wrote.

Meanwhile, a search for a permanent replacement for Nikias is underway, the time reported.

“Our goal is to find out within four to six months,” Caruso wrote in the letter, according to the Times.

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In his letter, Caruso promised reforms.”As I have said previously, it is clear that the recent crisis is the result of systemic and cultural shortcomings,” he wrote.

“Both the behavior and the environment that has allowed to remain are inexcusable and will no longer be tolerated.”

He also noted that the school has a newly established Agency for Professional Ethics monitoring and investigating complaints.

“Both the behavior and the environment that has allowed to remain are inexcusable and will no longer be tolerated.”

– Rick Caruso, Board of trustees Chairman

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Amy’s Place is a news editor and reporter for Fox News.

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