University of Southern California

Student-Athlete Academic Services

Dr. Magdi El Shahawy

Portait of Magdi El Shahawy

Director of SAAS, Dr. Magdi El Shahawy has been at SAAS since August 2000. In his role Dr. El Shahawy is responsible for leading and overseeing the SAAS staff. His responsibility is to ensure that the student-athletes representing the 21 varsity sport teams at the university have outstanding services in the areas of academic advising and academic support, career planning, financial aid, all other student services, as well as programs designed to address their personal development during their time at USC.

During Dr. El Shahawy’s tenure as Director of SAAS there has been a steady growth in the number of student-athletes with 3.0 or higher semester GPAs culminating with a high of 324 after the Fall 2008 semester. The Graduation Success rate has also improved during the same period going from 66% for all student-athletes to 79% in 2012. Under Dr. El Shahawy’s leadership, there has been the addition of new programs such as the Directed Studies program, the restructuring of the tutorial program, and the Student Development and Welfare program which consists of the P.O.W.E.R Program, Take Charge workshop, freshmen career seminar classes, and the Trojan Athletic Senate (TAS). Since the introduction of TAS, the Student-Athletes have become increasingly involved in community service performing over 3000 hours of community service in the past three academic years 2010/2011 & 2011/2012 & 2012/2013. Other initiatives include the Point System, an expanded new student-athlete orientation program for both the fall and spring semesters, a transition program for international student-athletes, an improved database system for monitoring student-athletes academic progress, eligibility requirements, attendance, advisement, and scheduling tutorial sessions. Since 2000 the SAAS staff has grown from 10 to 20 full-time professionals.

In addition to his role leading the SAAS unit Dr. El Shahawy also serves as the Sport Administrator for the Men’s Volleyball, Women’s Cross Country, and the Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Programs.

Dr. El Shahawy graduated from Florida State University, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree and Ph.D.. He began his career working at Florida State University as the Advisor for the Football Program and the Eligibility Coordinator for their Athletic Department, where he worked for 7 years. Prior to joining USC’s staff, Dr. El Shahawy worked at Michigan State University as the Associate Director of the Student Athlete Support Services Unit. Born in Queens, New York and raised in Sarasota, Florida, Dr. El Shahawy was a former varsity letterman on Florida State University’s football team from 1986-1989.


Fun Facts about Dr. El Shahawy: 

Why did you choose USC?
-For the opportunity to work at a world class university that has a great athletic program across the board in all sports.

Favorite Movie:
-Most of the Will Ferrell movies

Favorite Food:

Favorite Quote:
– “He who fails to prepare, prepares to fail”

Role Model:
-Jesus Christ

Favorite Book:
-Developing the leader within you – John Maxwell

-Sports, Fitness, and dining out

Contact Information:
Office: (213) 740-0885