Dana Walden ’86 has been named the newest member of the USC President’s Leadership Council, an advisory group that supports the university’s advancement.
“Dana Walden has demonstrated remarkable and inspired leadership, having steered a media conglomerate to success in an era of unprecedented change,” USC President C. L. Max Nikias said.
“Ms. Walden has also shown courage in supporting innovative, socially relevant programming while navigating uncharted media territory. Her creative wisdom and humanitarian spirit will be important assets to the council and to the USC community at large.”
As chairman and chief executive officer of Fox Television Group, Walden, along with Gary Newman, oversees a consortium of media and content creation companies, including the Fox Broadcasting Co. and the production studios 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21.
Under Walden’s supervision, the network has launched hit series such as Lethal Weapon, Gotham, Lucifer, The Mick, Star and Empire. At the studios, Walden oversees production on numerous hit series, including This Is Us, Modern Family and Homeland.
Walden sits on the board of directors for the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Saban Free Clinic. In January, she received the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award from the National Association of Television Program Executives for her contribution to the industry.
USC has grown into an extraordinary, world-class institution and I look forward to spending time there supporting my alma mater.
“I am truly honored that Dr. Nikias invited me to join the President’s Leadership Council,” Walden said. “USC has grown into an extraordinary, world-class institution and I look forward to spending time there supporting my alma mater. I’ve been away for far too long.”
The President’s Leadership Council consists of exemplary alumni, parents and friends of USC whose dedication and service help the university expand its influence. Members advise the president on issues of primary importance to the future of the university and serve as USC ambassadors.
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