Lynn C. Swann serves as USC’s eighth Athletic Director, providing leadership for the university’s 21 women’s and men’s athletic teams. A Trojan alumnus, Swann was a legendary Hall of Fame wide receiver with USC and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Swann served two years as President of the national board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, an organization with which he was active for more than 30 years. As president, he managed more than 300 agencies across the United States.
In 2006, Swann was the Republican nominee for Pennsylvania governor, running a campaign that drew praise for its organization and focus as he attempted to become the first African-American governor in that state’s history. He captured 40 percent of the vote against the Democratic incumbent.
Swann earned his Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from USC.