Notable USC alums to receive honors at 47th annual Black Alumni Association Scholarship Benefit

Kiesha Nix, Daniel Prince and Miki Turner, from left, will be honored March 31. (Photos/Courtesy of the USC Black Alumni Association)


Notable USC alums to receive honors at 47th annual Black Alumni Association Scholarship Benefit

Daniel Prince will receive the 2023 Black Alum of the Year Award. Miki Turner and Kiesha Nix also will be recognized.

March 21, 2023 USC staff

Three outstanding members of the Trojan Family will be honored for their professional achievements and service during the 47th annual Black Alumni Association Scholarship Benefit on March 31 at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey.

This year, the recipient of the USC Black Alumni Association’s Black Alumni of the Year Award is Daniel Prince, a partner in litigation for the global law firm Paul Hastings LLP.

Prince is vice chair of the firm’s litigation department in Los Angeles, where he also serves as hiring partner for the office. Prince represents clients in corporate and government investigations and complex litigation matters, including domestic and international arbitration, trials and class actions.

Prince is a member of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors as well as the USC Gould School of Law Board of Councilors. He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where he was a member of the Trojan Debate Squad. He received his law degree from The University of Chicago Law School in 2004 and recently was named as one of the 500 leading litigators in America by Lawdragon.

Also at the event, the association will present:

The Barbara Solomon Staff & Faculty Award: Miki Turner, the 2022 National Association of Black Journalists’ Journalism Educator of the Year, is an associate professor of professional practice at USC Annenberg. An award-winning photojournalist, Turner spent more than 30 years working in print, television, radio and web production. In the 1990s, she became the first Black woman to write a regularly featured sports column for a major daily newspaper when she joined the Oakland Tribune. Turner later worked for such media outlets as ESPN and Jet magazine.

The Rev. Thomas Kilgore, Jr. Service Award: Kiesha Nix made history when she became the first Black woman vice president in the Los Angeles Lakers organization in 2021. She had previously served as the executive director of the Lakers Youth Foundation. In her current position, she oversees and directs programming and funding priorities for the team’s charitable arm. Prior to joining the Lakers’ executive team, Nix had served as a vice president in enterprise business and community relations at Bank of America–Merrill Lynch for 21+ years. In 2002, Nix made Ebony’s Power 100 List in the Community Crusaders category. Outside of work, she serves on the Black Alumni Association’s Corporate Advisory Council and is a mentor for young people.