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Wednesday, December 4, 2002

Former Orange Coast College president, Dr. Bernard J. Luskin, has been named executive vice president for institutional partnerships and director of the new Community College Leadership Program at the Fielding Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara.
Luskin served as OCC's president from 1982-84.

The Fielding Graduate Institute serves returning adult students and mid-career professionals, providing networked learning degree programs. The institute offers master's and doctoral degrees, and continuing professional education.

Dr. Luskin has been CEO of major media and telecommunications companies, including Philips Interactive Media, Jones Interactive, and Knowledge TV. He was president of Mind Extension University and founding chancellor of Jones International University, the first fully accredited, fully web-based university.

Luskin is author of the recently released book, "Casting the Net Over Global Learning." The book examines new developments in workforce training and online psychologies.

The former OCC president earned his A.A. degree from Long Beach City College and his B.A. and M.A. degrees from California State University at Long Beach. He received a Ph.D. from UCLA, and is a licensed psychotherapist, specializing in media and behavior.

Luskin launched his career in education as a teacher at Costa Mesa High School. He began teaching in OCC's Business Division in 1963, and became the college's assistant dean of admissions and records in 1965. The following year, he moved to the Coast Community College District as vice chancellor of educational planning and development.

In 1976, Luskin became founding president of Coastline Community College. He held that position until he was named OCC's president in July of 1982. Luskin left Orange Coast College in 1984 to become executive vice president and chief operating officer of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (AACJC) in Washington, D.C.

As president of Jones Digital Century, he served as executive producer of Charlton Heston's television series, "Voyage Through the Bible." He also launched the Internet Channel, using high-speed digital modems on cable.