University of Southern California

Dean Honored for Leadership
James G. Ellis Receives Award for Contributions to Education from his Alma Mater
March 8, 2013 • by News at Marshall

James G. Ellis, dean of the USC Marshall School of Business, received the Bernard S. Rodey Award from the University of New Mexico Alumni Association at its 2013 Awards Dinner on Feb. 21 in Albuquerque, N.M. The award recognizes those whose leadership efforts have contributed significantly to the field of education. Rodey was a congressman, a federal judge and federal government attorney who fought for statehood for New Mexico. He is often referred to as "Father of the University" for introducing legislation to create the University of New Mexico.

Ellis, who also holds the Robert R. Dockson Dean’s Chair in Business Administration and is a professor of marketing, earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of New Mexico in 1968 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1970.

Before his appointment as Marshall’s dean in 2007, Ellis served USC as vice provost for globalization and Marshall as vice dean for external relations and associate dean for the undergraduate program. As a member of the faculty, he has been named professor of the year by many organizations, and in 2003 received Marshall’s Golden Apple and Teaching Has No Boundaries Awards. Ellis continues to teach Marshall’s invitation-only Freshman Leadership Colloquium each fall. He also serves on boards at the Capital Group and Quiksilver as well as a number of nonprofit boards.

Past recipients of the Bernard S. Rodey Award include Michael J. Glennon, former president of Central New Mexico Community College; Nelson Valdes, professor emeritus of the University of New Mexico; Alan Morgan, former state superintendent of public instruction in New Mexico; and Orcilia Zúñiga Forbes, former vice president of student affairs and then of advancement at the University of New Mexico.

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