I STAND WITH DEAN ELLIS
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 7/10/19: Lloyd Greif addressing I Stand With Dean Ellis campaign at the 2019 UCLA Economics Commencement Ceremony 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 6/30/19: James Ellis LA Times Op-ed, read here.
Update 6/29/19: Letter from Dean Ellis himself, 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 1/1/19: 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.
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 email@example.com
The USC Marshall Board of Leaders
- Initial Letter to Board of Trustees
- Follow-up letter to Board of Trustees
- Follow-up letter after the Board of Trustees decision
- Follow-up letter 01.21.19
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
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.
- Initial letter to Board of Trustees
- Follow up letter to Board of Trustees
- Follow up letter to Board of Trustees dated 12.11.18
- Follow up letter to Board of Trustees dated 1.21.19
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
Warren C. Jenson - Marshall Board of Leaders, Past Chairman Marshall Partners for Northern California
Ted Kaiser - USC Marshall 05’, Dock 7 Materials Group, LLC
- Letter to Dr. Wanda Austin and Board of Trustees
- Follow up letter after the decision of Board of Trustees
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
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
- Letter to Interim President Dr Wanda Austin
- Letter to USC President-Elect Dr. Folt
- Letter to Center for Investment Studies
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
- Letter to USC
- Follow up letter to Dr. Wanda Austin and Board of Trustees
- Follow up letter after the Board of Trustees decision
- Follow up letter after letters from Board of Trustees
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
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