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James Ellis was appointed Dean of the Marshall School of Business in 2007. Previously, he served as the University's Vice Provost for Globalization, Marshall's Vice Dean for External Relations, and Marshall's Associate Dean for the Undergraduate Program. As an instructor, he has been named professor of the year by many organizations and in 2003 received Marshall's Golden Apple Award and Teaching Has No Boundaries Award. Professor Ellis continues to teach Marshall's invitation-only Freshman Leadership Colloquium each fall. Dean Ellis serves on boards at the Capital Group and Mercury Insurance as well as a number of non-profit boards.