Dirk De Jong
USC Hospitality & USC Hotel
Dirk is the Executive Director of USC Hospitality and USC Hotel, reporting to Assistant Vice President of Hospitality, Hotel, Housing & Marketing, Kris Klinger.
Dirk will be expanding his current role as Director of the USC Hotel, Restaurants and Special Events and Catering to include Residential and Retail divisions. He will also continue to lead the transformation of the USC Hotel. 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. Previously, 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.