January 08, 2019

Two Experienced Ombuds to Create New Program at USC

The University of Southern California has hired Katherine Greenwood and Tom Kosakowski as its first University Ombuds. Together, they will serve as co-equals and create an Ombuds program for a campus that has been roiled by a series of high profile scandals in recent years. Greenwood will serve the main university campus and Kosakowski will serve the nearby medical center. According to the job postings, the two new Ombuds will practice to IOA standards and become part of a new administrative center: "Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention."

Greenwood comes to USC after two and a half years as the Director and Campus Ombudsperson for the University of California Davis. Before that, she was an Ombuds at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Denver. She earned a BA and JD from Tulane University and a PhD from Pacifica Graduate Institute.  

Kosakowski has been the Associate Director and Health System Ombuds at cross-town rival, the University of California Los Angeles for the past 12 years. He established the Ombuds Office at Claremont Graduate University and served as the interim Campus Ombuds at UC Riverside. He graduated from Occidental College and earned a JD at Loyola Law School Los Angeles.

12 comments:

  1. Congratulations to both Katherine and Tom and best of luck!

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  2. Wise move by the Trojans! Tom and Katherine are both highly respected professionals. I am confident that their new Ombuds office will effectively harness the power of conflict towards constructive outcomes for the USC community.

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  3. Congratulations Katherine and Tom on launching USC's program!!!
    -Reese Ramos

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  4. Emily Heizer1/09/2019 12:01 AM

    Congratulations Kathie and Tom! You’re going to make such a wonderful team and I’m so excited for you both!

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  5. This is totally wonderful news..... Best wishes to Tom and Katherine and congratulations to USC for attracting the best..... and the co-equals structure is a wonderful role model. Blessings!

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  6. Anamaris Price1/09/2019 5:48 AM

    Congratulations!

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  7. Ruthy Kohorn Rosenberg1/09/2019 6:07 AM

    Congratulations to you both! They are lucky to have you - and I agree with Steven, wise move by the Trojans

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  8. Thanks, everyone. We're excited for what will be a challenging job.

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  9. Dream team. Perhaps you all might keep some notes on your progress-- that could be a great roadmap for others setting up a new office in a troubled organization.

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  10. Shreya Trivedi1/10/2019 6:12 AM

    CONGRATULATIONS, Tom and Kathy! How exciting and wish you both all the best! :)

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