CEO, Luskin International
Dr. Bernard Luskin was selected by University Business Magazine as one who has had exceptional careers in both education and corporate life. He is also a licensed psychotherapist, with degrees in business and a UCLA doctorate in education and technology.
A former college and university president, Luskin has been president of Orange Coast College, founding president of Coastline Community College, including KOCE TV in Orange County, California and founding chancellor of Jones International University, the first accredited, fully web-based university and founding CEO of Touro University Worldwide. He continues as director of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Community College Leadership Legacy Project, served as Executive Vice President and COO of the American Association of Community Colleges and received the Bellweather Award for his leadership in community colleges. He has taught at UCLA, USC, Claremont Graduate University, Pepperdine University, Touro University, California State Universities at Fullerton and Los Angeles, and other colleges and universities. While at Fielding Graduate University he launched the first Ph.D. program in media psychology and with UCLA he launched the MA degree program in Media Psychology and Social Change. He served on the Accrediting Commission for Collegiate Schools of Business and as founding chair and board member of HiTechHi, L.A., a California Distinguished Charter School.
Bernie Luskin has been president and CEO of major divisions of Fortune 50 and 500 companies, including Philips Interactive Media, PolyGram New Media, Philips Education and Reference Publishing and Jones International, including Mind Extension University, Knowledge TV, and Jones Education Networks. He has authored 10 best-selling books on economics, technology and education and produced award-winning television series and CDs. While president of Philips Interactive Media, Luskin partnered Philips with Paramount Studios to produce the first 50 movies in MPEG format CD, leading to DVD. He is credited with spearheading breakthroughs in many areas of interactive technology including the world’s first interactive CD programs such as Sesame Street, Grolier's and Compton's Encyclopedias and the first interactive mystery movie, Voyeur, starring Robert Culp.
Luskin received two Emmys, distinguished leadership and alumni awards from the UCLA Doctoral Alumni Association, California State University at Los Angeles and The University of Florida. He also received lifetime achievement awards from the Irish Government and the European Union for his contributions to education and digital media. Luskin is the recipient of the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to Media Psychology from the American Psychological Association and is the President Elect of the The Society of Media Psychology and Technology, the Media Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association. He publishes a regular column for Psychology Today Magazine titled, The Media Psychology Effect.
Dr. Luskin can be reached directly at:
TEL: (310) 749 1661
Toni Thomas Luskin, Ph.D.
Vice President for Management and Operations
A specialist in media psychology, media literacy and social media, Dr. Toni Luskin is experienced in the strategic planning and creation of dynamic online undergraduate, masterís and doctoral degree programs.
. Her expertise includes curriculum development and implementation, and the successful training and management of faculty teaching in virtual environments. She has participated in program compliance with WASC and other regional accreditation compliances. Toni is skilled at creating and teaching compelling online undergraduate and graduate level courses and programs, and coordinating and supervising faculty and subject matter experts. The author of articles related to media and technology, she is the co-author author of Casting the ‘Net Over Global Learning, published in late 2003.
Dr. Luskin is an experienced media producer; writer and on-camera host whose credits include programs for such organizations as the BBC, American Public Television, various cable television networks and numerous private interests. She holds a commercial pilot’s license and served in Los Angeles as the “Eye In The Sky” delivering traffic, weather and news reports.
Toni Luskin has served on the board of directors of The American Film Institute Associates, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, is a Founder and Patron of the Los Angeles Opera and participates in activities of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She is an avid horsewoman who currently competes in the hunter division at horse shows throughout the West Coast circuit.
Dr. Luskin holds a Master of Arts Degree in Human & Organizational Development and a Ph.D. degree in Media Studies from Fielding Graduate University. She lives in Moorpark, CA with her husband, Bernie, and has two sons, Ryan and Matteo.
Jack Kushnatsian is an experienced, results oriented technology professional with 9 years of proven experience providing high level technical support, developing and executing technology systems using emerging technologies. Jack has a BA degree in Information Technology, an MBA degree and multiple IT certifications including Microsoft and CompTIA. He previously served as CTO for HiTechHiL.A., a California Distinguished Charter High School and as CTO, Director of Production Services and university-wide Blackboard Administrator for the Touro College and University System. Jack Kushnatsian is CTO and technical project leader for Luskin International.