Dean Ellis has been terminated without due process by USC Interim President Wanda Austin. We need your support to convince the administration and the Board of Trustees to reverse this decision and correct this tragic mistake.

We urge everyone in the USC Community to take time out and stand by Dean Ellis in solidarity and gratitude for the exceptional progress his visionary leadership has helped Marshall achieve across all key performance parameters: equity, diversity, inclusion, culture, academic rankings and financial support.

Update 10/22/19: LAist publishes article called How USC Fired One Dean, Hired Another, And Kept Itself Mired In Controversy, read here.

Update 7/10/19: Lloyd Greif addressing I Stand With Dean Ellis campaign at the 2019 UCLA Economics Commencement Ceremony here.

Update: 7/10/19: Poets & Quants publishes article called Marshall’s Advisory Board Asks New USC President For A Public Apology, read here.

Update 7/9/19: Letter from Marshall Board of Leaders to Board of Trustees and President Folt, read here.

Update 7/2/19: Letter To The Editor in response to James Ellis 6/30/19 LA Times Op-ed, read here.

Update 7/1/19: Poets & Quants publishes article called Marshall Dean Ellis: No Anger, Just Sadness By A Firing He Considers Unjust, read here.

Update 6/30/19: Poets & Quants publishes article called Marshall’s Ousted Dean Assails USC For ‘Fabrications’, read here.

Update 6/30/19: James Ellis LA Times Op-ed, read here.

Update 6/29/19: Letter from Dean Ellis himself, read here.

Update 4/2/19: Poets & Quants publishes article called USC Scandals Claim Two More Top Officials, read here.

Update 2/19/19: Inside Higher Ed publishes article called Revolt Over Dean’s Ouster, read here.

Update 1/25/19: Poets & Quants publishes article called Unable To Silence Critics, USC Resorts To Censoring Them, read here.

Update 1/21/19: Poets & Quants publishes article called USC Trustees Slam Board Chair Caruso Over B-School Dean’s Dismissal, read here, as well as articled called Marshall’s Advisory Board Urges Ouster Of USC Board Chair Caruso, read here.

Update 1/17/19: USC Annenberg Media publishes articled called USC trustee responds to his removal from controversial board meeting, read here.

Update 1/11/19: Poets & Quants, publishes article called USC President Defends Decision To Oust Marshall School Dean, read here.

Update 1/7/19: Poets & Quants, publishes article called At USC’s Marshall School, An Enraged Faculty Tries To Understand Their Dean’s Ouster, read here.

Update 1/4/19: Poets & Quants, publishes article called Dean’s Dismissal May Cost USC B-School Up To $40 Million In Support , read here.

Update 1/1/19: Forbes, publishes article called The Biggest B-School Scandals Of 2018, read here.

Update 12/22/18: Los Angeles Business Journal, the leading authority on LA business news, covered the story here.

Update 12/21/18: Poets & Quants, the leading authority on and publication covering business schools, covered the story in commentary called How USC’s President & Board Chair Flunked Their First Leadership Test by John A Byrne here.

Update 12/17/18: Poets & Quants, publishes article called The MBA Leading The Fight To Save A Business School Dean, read here.

Hundreds of students, alumni, staff, faculty, and USC friends have written letters, emails and op-ed letters showing their support for Dean Ellis. In order to share with the wider audience - we have created a collection of the letters available to us here. If you want your letter to be included please email letters@istandwithdeanellis.com

The USC Marshall Board of Leaders

Marshall Faculty Survey

USC Corporate Advisory Board

Academic Senate at USC

Anonymous Female Alumna

Anonymous Parent Letter

Hong Kong USC Marshall Alumni Group

Sam Abdallah - USC Marshall Student

Scott and Cathy Alexander - Parents

Andrew Ainslie - Dean of the University of Rochester's Simon Business School and former UCLA professor

Greg Autry - PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor, USC Marshall School of Business

Tristan Arthaud, USC Marshall, Class of 2017

Sonny Astani, Benefactor, USC Sonny Astani Dept of Civil and Envirenmental Engineering

Joni and Dan Baker

Brad and Sue Ball - USC Alumni

John J Barcal, USC Leventhal

William and Susan Baribault - Parents

Laura Becker - Marshall School of Business Class of ‘09

Bill Blethen - Provost Associate and Legacy Circle donor, Founding Chair of Marshall Partners South Bay/Long Beach

Tempe Brooks, Adams & Brooks, Inc.

Mark Burson - Instructional Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi

Marshall School Faculty Survey

Peter W. Cardon, PhD - Academic Director, MBA for Professionals and Managers Professor, Department of Business Communication, Marshall School of Business/USC

Joseph Carroll - President, Triad Partners Inc.

Carole Christianson - Chief Operating Officer WAFC

Bruce Coffey - Friend of USC

Tim Coleman - 1979 MBA graduate, the 2012 Marshall Graduate School of Business commencement speaker, Member of the Board of Leaders

Denise and Michael D’Ambra - USC Parents and Marshall Supporters

Ann M. Danner - Parent

Erika Demma - Marshall Partners Bay Area Board Member

Richard Doyle - Partner at Doyle Low LLP

Patrick Duffy - Marshall School of Business Alumnus '94

Cynthia Lynch van Eck and Jan van Eck - USC Marshall Business School Board of Leaders Members

Gene Erbstoesser - Former Adjunct Professor - Marshall School of Business

John Darwin Van Fleet - Director, Corporate Globalization, Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Kenneth (Kenny) Frank - USC, Class of 1989, Marshall Board of Leaders

Sam Frazer - USC Marshall School of Business Class of '22

Vicki Frazer - Parent of Jacob Frazer '13, Benjamin Frazer '15, and Samuel Frazer '22

Lori & Bryan Frischer - Parents of USC Marshall Student

Dennis Gertmenian - Presidential member of USC Associates

Susan Gertmenian

Alison Getz - USC Bachelor of Arts in Theatre '18

George Getz - President and Co-CEO, Globe Corporation

J.C. Goetz - USC '15

Lloyd Greif - President & CEO, Greif & Co.

Mark Gudis - Managing Partner, Backcast Partners Management, LLC

Dean Hallett - President, Hallett Leadership LLC

Dr. Susan S. Harmeling, Associate Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California

Patrick Henry - Assistant Professor, Clinical Entrepreneurship Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Ming Hsieh - Member of the USC Board of Trustees

Jonathan D. Jaffrey - USC MBA | Chairman & CEO, Coronal Energy

Vineet Jain - USC'15

Arthur Jacobson - Marshall Board of Leaders

Craigs Jennings - Former Clinical Professor at USC

Sara Jensen - Senior Vice President of Development, USC Marshall School of Business

Elizabeth Jenson

Warren C. Jenson - Marshall Board of Leaders, Past Chairman Marshall Partners for Northern California

Ted Kaiser - USC Marshall 05’, Dock 7 Materials Group, LLC

Dr. Sabrina Kay - Chancellor and CEO, Fremont College/Fremont Private Investments/Dale Carnegie Southern Los Angeles

Paul Kinscherff - Marshall Board of Leaders

Andrew W. Knox - Managing Director, Chelsea Partners

Jerry Kohlenberger, BSCE ’74, MBA ‘81

Tom Korzenecki, USC MBT 1979

Robert W. Lambert, Vice President, Foxdale Properties

Suchi Lee - Partner, Global Leader - Int’l Tax Services, PwC

Patrick J. Levine - USC alumnus (MSB, Class of 2009)

Meg and Tom Maloney, Managing Director, JLL

Rob Malcolm - USC Marshall School of Business Alumnus and Donor

Sri Manchala - Chairman, Trasers

Alison Marshall - Daughter of Gordon Marshall (namesake of the Marshall School) and USC Marshall '82 Alumnus

Andre Eric Martinez - USC Alumnus

Elena Martinez, Helen Pitts, Deborah Jacobs, Terry Lichvar, Staff in USC Marshall Department of Finance and Business Economics:

Tami Blume McGovern

Terrence McGrath - Parent

A. Tee Migliori - USC Alumnus | President, ADC Technologies, Inc.

Sam Mitchell - USC Alumnus '11

Marco Mohajer - President, Technologent

Victoria Morgan - 2016 Bachelor of Science USC alumnus

Jeff Morris - Marshall Board of Leaders

Brian Murphy - USC Marshall MBA Alumnus '10

A.J. Nagaraj '04 - Alumnus and Former Student Leader

Tess Nelson

Chris Nelson

Anna Ouroumian - Refounder, President, and CEO of the Academy of Business Leadership (ABL)

Jane Pak - USC Marshall School of Business Alumni

Gary Palmer (Marshall, ‘85), Kim Palmer (Journalism, ‘83), Cameron Palmer (Marshall, ‘14), Collin Palmer (Viterbi, ‘16), Natalie Palmer (Marshall, ‘19)

Michael C. Palmer

Krisa Mayglothling Park - USC Marshall Alumnus '00

Julia Plotts - Associate Professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics, USC Marshall School of Business

James Dal Pozzo - Advisory Board Member of the Marshall School of Business and the Leventhal School of Accounting

Fred Quinn - CEO of Quest Specialty Chemicals at Raabe Company, LLC

Erin A. Quinn - Ph.D., M.Ed. Associate Dean of Admissions, Emerita, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

Robert Rodin - Former CEO, Marshall Industries

Robert Rodriguez - Former Chief Executive Officer of First Pacific Advisors, Inc. and a dual Marshall BS and MBA graduate

Edward P. Roski, Jr. - Member of the USC Board of Trustees

Karen Schoenbaum - Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, American Business Bank

Yasmin Scott-Halcromb - USC Marshall MBA alumnus

Sue Siegel - CEO, GE Ventures

Kayla Singer - USC Marshall Alumnus '16

Mike Singer - CEO, Strategic Partners, Inc.

Jim Slavik - Chairman, Mark IV Capital

Dan H. Smith - GSO Capital Partners | Blackstone

Michael Soza - USC Marshall School of Business Alumnus

Gail Wolin Stevens - USC Marshall Alumni Association Dallas Chapter

Todd Stevens - President & CEO, California Resources Corporation

Sheldon Stone - Adjunct professor at Marshall, Board Member of the Center for Investment Studies, Founding member and Principal of Oaktree Capital Management

Frank Suryan Jr., Chairman and CEO, Lyon Living

David Tehle - Retired CFO, Dollar General Corporation

Steve Tobia, Publisher/CEO, Dreams Magazine

Jody Tolan - Academic Director, Robert J. Coury Applied Leadership Program Assistant Professor of Clinical, USC Marshall School of Business

Wilfred Uytengsu - CEO, Alaska Milk Corporation

Scott D. Ward - USC Business School Class of 1980

Ivo Welch, J. Fred Weston distinguished professor of finance and economics at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA

Greg Woodson - USC Marshall BS 73, USC Marshall MBA '74

Dan Vogelzang, LUTCF - President and Owner, M Advisory Group

Stuart Yount

Remember, there are several ways to support:

1. Please sign this petition: https://www.change.org/p/i-stand-with-dean-ellis

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4. Comment on why you are standing with Dean Ellis in the comments below.

5. Write letters in support of Dean Ellis to Interim President Wanda Austin (wma2@usc.edu) and Chairman Board of Trustees Rick Caruso (rcaruso@caruso.com), copy BOT@usc.edu and specifically request that they immediately share them with all other members of the Board of Trustees.

6. Share your letters, suggestions or comments to letters@istandwithdeanellis.com

Fight on!