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James G. Ellis

James G. Ellis is dean of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. Ellis is an expert on global commerce, a successful business executive and prominent civic leader in the Los Angeles area.

Ellis was named USC Marshall dean and holder of the Robert R. Dockson Dean’s Chair in Business Administration on April 4, 2007, succeeding interim Dean Thomas W. Gilligan, who returned to his position as a USC Marshall professor of finance and business economics.

As dean of USC Marshall, Ellis oversees a complete array of business-education programs that annually serve more than 5,600 undergraduate, graduate, professional, doctoral and executive-education students. The school teaches about a quarter of all USC undergraduates, and has more students taking its minor than any on the campus.

Most recently, Ellis served as USC's Vice Provost of Globalization, a position he held for 16 months. In that position, he developed a university-wide initiative encompassing international instructional and research programs, managing USC overseas offices and coordinating visits by foreign dignitaries.

He previously was USC Marshall’s vice dean of external relations and spent a decade as a clinical professor in USC Marshall's Marketing Department, where he applied his expertise in commerce issues facing several Pacific Rim countries. In addition to his administrative endeavors, Ellis also taught upper-division courses in the Marketing department and the Freshman Honors Colloquium, a course designed to introduce incoming "business scholars" to highly successful leaders in a variety of fields. Ellis has received numerous teaching awards from student, alumni and other organizations.

Ellis spent his early years in California. When Ellis was thirteen, his family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where his father founded and ran a bank. Ellis attended junior and senior high schools in Albuquerque, and then received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of New Mexico, where he now serves on the board of the university's fund-raising foundation. Ellis also holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

Ellis had a lengthy career in the business world before joining academia, working in senior management or director positions with Broadway Department Stores, American Porsche Design, Miller's Outpost and several other companies.

He has served on the boards of directors of such corporate and non-profit organizations as the Young Presidents' Organization, Kidspace Children Museum, Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and World Presidents' Organization.

Ellis is married to Dr. Gail Ellis. The couple reside in San Marino, California and have five children.

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