Bernard J. Luskin, Ed.D., MFT
Bernard Luskin, Ed.D., MFT has had successful careers in commerce, education, entertainment and psychology. University Business Magazine selected Luskin as one who has had exceptional careers in both education and corporate life. He is a licensed psychotherapist, with degrees in business and a UCLA doctorate in education, psychology and technology.
Bernie Luskin has been president and CEO of major divisions of Fortune 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 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 CD programs such as Sesame Street, Grolier's and Compton's Encyclopedias and the first interactive movie on CD titled Voyeur, starring Robert Culp. While at Fielding Graduate University he launched the first Ph.D. program in media psychology and at UCLA he launched the MA degree program in Media Psychology and Social Change. He served on the Accrediting Commission for Collegiate Schools of Business, is founding chair of the board of trustees of HiTechHi L.A., a California distinguished charter high school, and is a U.S. Navy veteran who served on a nuclear-guided missile ship.
In education, Bernie Luskin has been CEO of eight colleges and universities, including service as Chancellor, Ventura County Community College District, President of Moorpark College, Oxnard College, Orange Coast College, founding President of Coastline Community College, including KOCE TV in Orange County, California, founding Chancellor of Jones International University, the first accredited, fully web-based university, founding CEO of Touro University Worldwide, and President and Professor of Applied Psychology at Wright Graduate University. Bernie Luskin continues as Director of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Community College Leadership Legacy Project. During his career he has taught at UCLA, USC, Claremont and Fielding Graduate Universities, Pepperdine University, Touro University, California State Universities at Channel Islands, Fullerton and Los Angeles; and other universities. Dr. Luskin is a certified Title IX and Civil Rights Investigator and is a member of the board of trustees of The Colleges of Law, in Santa Barbara and Ventura, California and Goddard College in Vermont.
Luskin received two Emmys from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and distinguished leadership, lifetime and alumni awards from the UCLA Doctoral Alumni Association, California State University at Los Angeles, Community College League of California, The University of Florida and the Bellweather Award from the AACC Commission on the Future of Community Colleges. He received lifetime achievement awards from the Irish Government and the European Union for his contributions to education and digital media. Luskin also received a Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to Media Psychology from the American Psychological Association and served as President of the APA "Society for Media Psychology and Technology," is a Fellow of the APA and served as Chairman of the Board of the American Association of Community Colleges. He is married to Toni Luskin, Ph.D., and they have two sons, Ryan and Matteo.