Throughout their remarkable careers, Jimmy Iovine and Andre "Dr. Dre" Young have worn many hats -- as hit-making record producers, entrepreneurs with Beats By Dre, digital music pioneers with Apple -- and on Oct. 11 the pair showed off how they look in hard hats.
On the campus of the University of Southern California, Iovine and Dre took part in the groundbreaking for a new permanent home for the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy, the program they endowed with a $70 million gift to USC in 2013. They were joined in turning up soil with chrome shovels by Erica Muhl, the founding executive director of the academy and Max C.L. Nikias, president of USC.
In its first four years, the Iovine and Young Academy has admitted a selective group of 114 undergraduate students, who will receive a bachelor of science degree in arts, technology and the business of innovation—a mix of disciplines that Iovine has called essential to industries of the future. In March, the academy announced a masters program, Design@USC, mixing online and on campus programs.