James Fisher IV
Senior Assistant Director
University of Illinois, Chicago
Governors State University
I am originally from Chicago, Illinois. I started my career in higher education, working for my alma mater in Chicago back in 2012. After several record-breaking snowfalls and a polar vortex, I decided it was time to pack up and move to a warmer climate. I set my sights on Los Angeles, and I’ve been a proud LA transplant since 2018.
New York – Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens
New Jersey – Central and Southern New Jersey
USC brings together the academic, the artist, and the athletic in a way that no other institution does. Providing large scale possibilities with those small-scale touches. Making every student feel like a victor. Its location in the heart of a major metropolitan city, school spirit rivaled by none, and global opportunities make it possible for every student to enhance their educational experience.
One of the first things I always tell students during the admissions process is to relax and breathe. We are only going to ask you questions, you already know the answers to. Take your time explore your options, ask questions, and remember although this is your decision, you are not alone.
Movie: The Lion King (1994)
Food: Tacos and caramel cake
Musical Performer: Beyoncé
Book: The Warmth of Other Suns
Role Model: My grandmother
Quote: “I go forth along, and stand as ten thousand.” Maya Angelou