University of Southern California

Student-Athlete Academic Services

Dr. Magdi El Shahawy

Dr. Magdi El Shahawy has been with the USC Athletic department since August 2000. In his role Dr. El Shahawy has oversight over the academic support, personal development programming, and student services for the 21 varsity sport teams at the university.  In addition Dr. El Shahawy is the sport administrator for the following sports: Baseball, Women’s Cross Country, and Men’s & Women’s Track & Field.

During Dr. El Shahawy’s tenure at USC there has been a steady growth in the number of student-athletes with 3.0 or higher semester GPAs with a departmental GPA high of 3.0 for all student-athletes in Spring 2015. The Graduation Success rate has also improved during the same period going from 66% for all student-athletes in 2000 to 81% in 2015. Under Dr. El Shahawy’s leadership there has been the addition of new programs such as the Directed Studies program, the Athlete Career Transition program (ACT), a restructured 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). 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.

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