Chief of Protocol and Executive Director of the Office of University Events at Emory, CSEP
Michael Kloss, CSEP is an award-winning event producer, currently serving as Emory University's Chief of Protocol and Executive Director of the Office of University Events. He joined Emory in 2005 to establish the Office of University Events and to provide creative and logistic direction to the University's central and presidential events. In 2007, and again in 2010, he produced the award-winning series of events known as “The Visit” featuring His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama in his capacity as Presidential Distinguished Professor at Emory. In 2008, he produced Emory’s $1.6 billion campaign kickoff gala events, including writing and directing Enquérir, an original Cirque du Soleil-style production, which earned the International Special Events Society award for Best Entertainment Production. In 2009 and 2010, Michael was a national finalist for the Spotlight Awards Organizational Event Planner of the Year and was the 2012 winner of the Spotlight Awards Organizational Event Planner of the Year. He has provided keynote and multi-day faculty presentations at national event planning conferences and has created an educational network for event planners within the Emory University system. Prior to joining Emory, Michael served as director of university events for the University of Southern California, where he also served as director of their 125th anniversary program. He received his bachelor of arts degree in honors liberal arts from the University of Central Florida, and a master of fine arts degree in screen and television writing from the University of Southern California. Prior to working in the events industry, Michael worked in television and film production for Universal Studios and other production companies.