LOS ANGELES—University Kidney Research Organization (UKRO) announced that legendary USC Athletics Director Patrick C. Haden will be honored with UKRO's "Outstanding Achievement in Business and Industry" Award at its forthcoming gala benefit dinner. The gala, to be mc'd by ABC7 Eyewitness News anchor Phillip Palmer, will be held December 12 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles and will raise funds for the newly announced USC/UKRO Kidney Research Center.
Since August 2010 Haden has served as the athletic director at the University of Southern California where he administers 21 athletic programs with more than 600 student athletes. He also serves on the faculty of both the Annenberg School of Communications at USC and the Marshall School of Business. Haden has been closely identified with USC since college when he was a star quarterback (1972-1974) of the football team leading them to two national championships and three Rose Bowl appearances and was named most valuable player of the 1975 Rose Bowl game.
He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1975 and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University in England, from which he graduated in 1978 with a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics. Haden was drafted by the then Los Angeles Rams in 1976 and played on the team until 1981. Following a successful NFL career Haden became a sports broadcaster for CBS, NBC, FOX, TNT and ESPN networks. He established a successful law practice and from 1987 to 2010 was a general partner at Riordan, Lewis & Haden, a private equity firm.
"Pat Haden is a remarkable and extraordinary man by any standard of measurement," said UKRO President Kenneth Kleinberg. "His career reflects a succession of triumphs in every endeavor he pursued—as a student, an athlete, a lawyer, businessman, and now in charge of USC Athletics. He is AAA in every way. We are very proud to be able to recognize him for a lifetime of achievements in business, industry, and as a model citizen, and we thank him for helping us make funding research against kidney disease a national medical priority."