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Elizabeth M. Daley

Elizabeth Daley

Elizabeth M. Daley is dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She is the inaugural holder of the Steven J. Ross/Time Warner Dean’s Chair. Daley was also the founding executive director of the USC Annenberg Center for Communication (1994-2005) and serves as the executive director of the USC Institute for Multimedia Literacy.

She joined the school in 1989 as chair of the Film & Television Production Program. Before coming to USC, Daley served as director of the film and television subsidiary of the Mark Taper Forum, and prior to that was a producer for MGM/Television. She has also been an independent producer and media consultant, and serves on the boards of AVID Technologies, the Benton Foundation, and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Media, Entertainment and Information.

Daley has been honored by American Women in Radio and Television and was twice nominated for a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award. She has received a Cine Golden Eagle and the Barbara Jordan Award, as well as the California Governor’s Award for her work with programming about the handicapped.

Daley earned a Ph.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Tulane University and Newcomb College.

Last Updated: 7/1/21