New USC director to continue dining revitalization

Nov. 5—Kris Klinger has been named the new director of USC Hospitality at 33,000-student University of Southern California. Klinger joins USC after serving as corporate director for Strategic Alliance Group, where he managed a cross-section of accounts for Compass Group.

In returning to his alma mater, Klinger’s plans include further advancing USC’s commitment to providing fresh and sustainable food options by expanding the campus’s farmers’ market and leading the development of new dining options at the new 192,000 square-foot Ronald Tutor Campus Center, scheduled to open in the fall of 2010.

“We welcome Kris Klinger to the USC family and team,” Ian Sephton, assistant vice president of auxiliary services, said in a press release. “We are dedicated to meeting the community’s dining needs by bringing fresh, inventive ideas and concepts onto campus. Kris will be a huge asset in the continued development and growth of USC Hospitality.”

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