Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peggy Rajski was Monday named the next dean of Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television, effective June 1.
Rajski was selected after a nationwide search to replace Stephen Ujlaki, who has served as the school’s dean since 2010. Rajski is currently a professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she is the head of the producing program for the school’s graduate film program.
“I’m thrilled to join LMU’s School of Film and Television, where the university’s reputation for creative excellence, academic rigor and a strong commitment to social justice dovetails perfectly with my career and life experience,” Rajski said in a statement released by LMU.
“The June launch of the school’s expansion into the new Playa Vista campus creates exceptional opportunities to deepen LMU’s engagement with multi- platform and technology industry partners, expand immersive learning opportunities, and build career pathways in Silicon Beach,” she said. “I’m excited by the unparalleled possibilities it will give SFTV students to live, learn, and create in the heart of L.A.’s innovation and creativity hub.”
Rajski has directed television programs and movies, including her 1994 short film “Trevor,” which won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. The movie, about a gay teen facing discrimination over his identity, prompted Rajski to create The Trevor Project, a nonprofit that provides crisis counseling and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.
As a film producer or co-producer, she has worked with John Sayles (“Brother From Another Planet,” “Matewan,” “Eight Men Out” ), Martin Scorsese and Stephen Frears (“The Grifters” ), and Jodie Foster (“Little Man Tate,” “Home for the Holidays”).
“As a producer, director, and educator, Dean Rajski’s vision, creativity, and collaborative spirit will lead LMU SFTV to new heights of renown,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas Poon. “We have unmatched potential: Our programs are among the top-ranked in the nation, we live and study in the epicenter of creativity and innovation, and we educate and partner with the world’s most extraordinary talent. Peggy is a bold leader who will challenge us to achieve our ambitions.”
A longstanding member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Producers Branch, Rajski earned a master’s in fine arts degree in communications, radio, TV and film from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
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