Dirk de Jong
Director and General Manager
USC Hospitality & USC Radisson
Dirk is the Director of USC Hospitality, reporting to Assistant Vice President of Retail Operations, Kris Klinger.
In this role, Dirk serves as General Manager of the Radisson Hotel at USC and oversees the Restaurant Group as well as the Catering & Special Events division of USC Hospitality Since joining USC Hospitality in 2004, Dirk has held many instrumental positions such as Hospitality Systems Manager, Senior Manager Operations for Commons, The Temporary Retail Dining Facility, Residential Dining and the Campus Center. Most recently, Dirk was the Senior Associate Director for USC Hospitality and was responsible for all of the UPC Retail Operations, Purchasing, Hospitality Systems and the Compliance Office. During his tenure at USC, Dirk has been in charge of opening 16 new venues and rebranding 3 locations, in addition to implementing new front of house and back of house systems and various special projects.
Dirk has extensive experience in the hospitality industry on three continents with companies such as Holland America Line, InterContinental Hotels Group and The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. After all the places that he has visited or lived, he firmly believes that there is no other place like USC. “The unique attributes that we have here at USC, such as the Trojan Family Spirit, entrepreneurship and the global perspective of our campus community are distinctive traits that set us apart. We try to capture those in the hospitality and culinary experiences that we create with our extraordinary talented team and have a ton of fun with it.”
Dirk received his Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management from Stenden University in the Netherlands and an Executive Master of Business Administration from USC. He is the recipient of both the Annual Auxiliary Services Award and the Excellence in Leadership Award from Auxiliary Services and has served on the Pacific Regional Council for NACUFS.