She is the trailblazer responsible for developing a film production curriculum continually on the forefront of new technologies and the ever-changing landscape of narrative storytelling. She has strengthened SCA’s international profile through expansion of its academic programs, including the addition of cutting-edge research labs; oversight of the construction of a new, state-of-the-art campus, anchored by buildings named by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg; and strengthened collaborations with industry partners both domestically and globally.
Under Daley’s oversight, SCA has added three new divisions: Animation and Digital Arts, Interactive Media and Games, and Media Arts + Practice; established the Entertainment Technology Center, a think tank focused on the impact of new technologies; built the Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts; established 33 endowed faculty positions; and formed successful partnerships with a variety of entertainment and technology companies—including all major movie studios.
Daley is the inaugural holder of the Steven J. Ross/Time Warner Dean’s Chair, 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 is also a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
More personally, Dean Daley, whom I met early in my own tenure as Dean of the School of Liberal Arts, has become a mentor and informal advisor of mine, and each time I am in Los Angeles, I visit her at USC. I am thrilled to be able to welcome her back home to Tulane to receive this award.
Daley will deliver remarks to the Liberal Arts Class of 2023 at our Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 19, at 8 am in Yulman Stadium. Please join me in celebrating Elizabeth M. Daley as the third recipient of this distinguished award.