Elizabeth Daley was appointed Dean of the USC School of Cinema-Television in May 1991. 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.
Since becoming Dean, Daley has strengthened the school’s academic programs, infrastructure, and ties with the entertainment industry and media community globally. Under her leadership, the school has added three new divisions in Animation and Digital Arts, Interactive Media and Games, and Media Arts and Practice; established a studio-led consortium, the Entertainment Technology Center; built the Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts; established 26 endowed faculty positions; and formed successful partnerships with a variety of entertainment and technology companies. Research partnerships currently include virtual reality and immersive technologies, mobile and location-based entertainment, virtual production, and interactive architecture, among others. She has also established successful consulting initiatives in Japan, India, Turkey, China, and Malaysia.
On Oct. 4, 2006, Daley presided over the official renaming of the USC School of Cinema-Television as the USC School of Cinematic Arts by George Lucas, and broke ground for a new complex. The first two buildings of the complex, which comprise some 137,000 square feet of production, teaching and administrative space, opened on January 12, 2009. A third instructional building, along with four sound stages and a production center, opened in 2010, and the newly opened Phase III building now serves as a home for the Interactive Media and Games Division, the Institute for Multimedia Literacy, and the Media Arts and Practice Division.
Daley joined the school in 1989 as Chair of the Film and Television Production Program. Before coming to USC, she served as Director of Taper Media Enterprises, the for-profit film and television subsidiary of the Mark Taper Forum, and subsequent to that was a producer for MGM/Television. She has also been an independent producer and media consultant, and she serves on the Board of Directors of Avid Technology, Inc., the Board of Directors of the Benton Foundation, the Academic Advisory Council of the MPAA, and is a member and former chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Media, Entertainment and Information. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America.
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, the Barbara Jordan Award, the California Governor’s Award, and the Women in Film Business Leadership Award, acknowledging extraordinary contributions by women behind the camera. She was also the inaugural recipient of The Alfred Hitchcock Legacy Award, given on behalf of the Hitchcock Family and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Daley earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin and M.A. and B.A. degrees from Tulane University and Newcomb College.