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Marlene Loadvine, M.B.A.

Senior Associate Dean, External Relations


Since 1991 under her leadership at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Marlene Loadvine has raised over a half billion dollars in new gifts and pledges and increased the endowment from $6 million to over $200 million.  This includes an unprecedented 30 endowed faculty positions by 2017, more than any film school in the country. In 2001, the school opened the 35,000 square foot Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts, the nation's first fully digital training facility, with gifts totaling over $25 million.

In October of 2006 the school announced the largest single donation in USC history with a $175 million gift from the George Lucas Family Foundation for endowment to name the School and seed money for the new Cinematic Arts complex. This gift launched a capital construction campaign of $225 million to fund eight new buildings with the last building completed in the winter of 2013. 

She has been in professional fundraising for more than 40 years and at USC since 1985.  Marlene was the lead fundraiser for other campus capital projects including Kaprielian Hall and the 86,000 square feet Leavey Library ($45 million) prior to joining the School of Cinematic Arts in 1991.  She has participated in the past two University-wide campaigns, “Leadership for the 21st Century” and the most successful fundraising effort in American higher education in 2003 with “Building on Excellence” raising $2.85 billion. In the fall of 2011 USC started its current Campaign to raise $6 billion, the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the history of higher education.  In 2015, Loadvine and her Advancement staff were the first school at USC to successfully reach their campaign goal of $175 million.

In addition to her long-time association with USC, she has served with other non-profit organizations in California. Loadvine has been a member and speaker for the National Society of Fundraising Executives (NSFRE) and Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Marlene holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology and her Master of Business Administration from the USC Marshall School of Business.  She and her husband, Bill, are parents of two daughters who also graduated from USC.