James G. Ellis

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James George Ellis (born 9 Jan 1947 Tacoma, Washington) is an American academician, professor, and former business executive who, for the last eleven years, has been dean of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. [1]

Tacoma, Washington City in Washington, United States

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University of Southern California Private research university in Los Angeles, California, United States

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Early life and education

Ellis spent his early years in California. When Ellis was thirteen (1960), his family moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where his father, George James Ellis (1921–2003), served as an executive for a bank; then in 1962, he co-founded the American Bank of Commerce in Albuquerque. [2] In Albuquerque, Ellis attended Jefferson Middle School and Highland High School, graduating in 1964. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1968 from the University of New Mexico, where he served on the board of the university's fund-raising foundation. Ellis earned an MBA in 1970 from Harvard.

Albuquerque, New Mexico City in New Mexico, United States

Albuquerque, also known locally as Duke City and abbreviated as ABQ, is the most populous city in the U.S. state of New Mexico and the 32nd-most populous city in the United States, with a census-estimated population of 558,545 in 2017. It is the principal city of the Albuquerque metropolitan area, which has 910,726 residents as of July 2017. Albuquerque's Metropolitan statistical area is the 60th-largest in the United States. The Albuquerque MSA population includes the cities of Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, Placitas, Corrales, Los Lunas, Belen, and Bosque Farms, and forms part of the larger Albuquerque–Santa Fe–Las Vegas combined statistical area, with a total population of 1,171,991 in 2016.

Highland High School (Albuquerque, New Mexico) public high school located in southeast Albuquerque, New Mexico

Highland High School is a public high school located in southeast Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States. It is part of the Albuquerque Public Schools District.

The Bachelor of Business Administration is a bachelor's degree in commerce and business administration.

Ellis has been married to Gail Ellis, Psy.D. (formerly Sullivan, née Galvin), a clinical psychologist, since 1985. Dr. Ellis is the daughter of longtime CEO of Motorola, Robert W. Galvin, granddaughter of the founder, Paul Vincent Galvin, and sister of third family generation CEO, Christopher Galvin. The couple resides in San Marino, California, and have five children, all adult age.

The Doctor of Psychology is a professional doctoral degree intended to prepare graduates for practice in psychotherapy and psychological testing. Earning the degree was originally completed through one of two established training models for clinical psychology. However, Psy.D. programs are no longer limited to Clinical Psychology as several universities and professional schools have begun to award professional doctorates in Business Psychology, Organizational Development, Forensic Psychology, Counseling Psychology, and School Psychology.

Motorola, Inc. was an American multinational telecommunications company founded on September 25, 1928, based in Schaumburg, Illinois. After having lost $4.3 billion from 2007 to 2009, the company was divided into two independent public companies, Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions on January 4, 2011. Motorola Solutions is generally considered to be the direct successor to Motorola, as the reorganization was structured with Motorola Mobility being spun off. Motorola Mobility was sold to Google in 2012, and acquired by Lenovo in 2014.

Paul Vincent Galvin was one of the two founders of telecommunications company Motorola. Founded as Galvin Manufacturing Corporation on September 25, 1928, Motorola became a leader in communications equipment. Galvin invented the mass production car radio, which provided the cornerstone of Motorola's early business. The company name "Motorola" was introduced in 1930. A little unknown fact was Paul Gavin fired the engineer who designed the car radio for not following the original design which was twice the size, but when Paul Gavin released the car radio he used the engineers smaller design. The engineers name was Howard Walker.


Ellis is an expert on global commerce, a successful business executive and prominent civic leader in the Los Angeles area.

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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.

Dean is a title employed in In academic administrations such as colleges or universities for a person with significant authority over a specific academic unit, over a specific area of concern, or both. Deans are common in private preparatory schools, and occasionally found in middle schools and high schools as well.

Thomas W. Gilligan American academic

Thomas W. Gilligan is the director of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. He was formerly the dean of the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the McCombs School, Gilligan held a variety of positions at the University of Southern California from 1987 until 2008.

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.

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Globalization or globalisation is the process of interaction and integration among people, companies, and governments worldwide. As a complex and multifaceted phenomenon, globalization is considered by some as a form of capitalist expansion which entails the integration of local and national economies into a global, unregulated market economy. Globalization has grown due to advances in transportation and communication technology. With the increased global interactions comes the growth of international trade, ideas, and culture. Globalization is primarily an economic process of interaction and integration that's associated with social and cultural aspects. However, conflicts and diplomacy are also large parts of the history of globalization, and modern globalization.

He had been 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 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, Chief Executives Organization and World Presidents' Organization.

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Thomas W. Gilligan
Marshall School of Business Dean
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  1. "Popular Professor to Become Dean", by Venus Lee, Daily Trojan , Vol. 160, No. 53, April 06, 2007
  2. "Obituary: George Ellis", Albuquerque Journal , May 16, 2003