HiroshiTasaka, Ph.D.

Chair of the Executive Advisory Board

Dr. Hiroshi Tasaka serves as Chair of the Anaheim University Executive Advisory Board. Hiroshi Tasaka is a Professor Emeritus of Tama University in Tokyo; the President of the Think Tank SophiaBank; a former Special Advisor to the Japanese Prime Minister (2010-2011); a former member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council; and the President of the Club of Budapest Japan. He graduated from the University of Tokyo in 1981 with a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering. In 1987, he worked at the Battelle Memorial Institute and also at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratories in the United States. In 1990, he established The Japan Research Institute. Dr. Tasaka is a renowned philosopher who has put forward a wide range of ideas, theories and philosophies and has written over 90 books. He is now the Master of Tasaka Juku, where 7,000 CEOs and Presidents in Japan are learning and practicing his philosophy. .

James H. Lambert, Ph.D.

Founding President

The Founding President of the University, Dr. James H. Lambert, held three earned doctoral degrees in the fields of Education, Science and Asian Studies and dedicated over 30 years of his life to the field of higher education as a university professor and administrator. Dr. Lambert was committed to making innovative, academic programs of the highest quality accessible to students worldwide. He, together with the university's founders, envisioned an institution with students from around the world engaging in live discussions through the latest innovations in technology, whereby they would address many of society's challenges. His commitment to empowering his academic faculty and technology staff to push the boundaries of higher education allowed the university to contribute to the pioneering of online higher education through the offering of online real-time academic degree programs.

Clive L. Grafton, Ed.D.

Chancellor Emeritus and founding Chair of the Board of Advisors

Dr. Clive L. Grafton brought over 40 years of experience in higher education administration and consulting to Anaheim University. Dr. Grafton began his career with the United States Air Force in 1950 and was an Associate Dean of the School of Education and Chair of the Department of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Southern California (USC) where he also received his Doctorate in Education and Master of Science Degree in Management. In addition to his 23 years at USC, Dr. Grafton was Vice-Provost at Chapman University as well as an advisor to the Organizing Committee of the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Dr. Grafton served as Anaheim University’s founding Chancellor, second President, and the Chair of the University’s Board of Advisors.

Katya Strachmant

Director of Student Services and Admissions

Katya Shtrachman is the Director of Student Services and Admissions at Anaheim University. In this role, she oversees the school’s various student services tasks from admissions through completion. Prior to joining Anaheim University, Ms. Shtrachman had successfully managed programs in the higher education, not-for-profit and public administration arenas, including positions in regulatory and governing bodies in Ontario, Canada. She uses her leadership, communication, program development and policy analysis skills in her role at Anaheim University. Katya holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from York University and an Honors Diploma with a Business specialization from Seneca College in Toronto, Canada.


Peter Langenberg

Chancellor and Government Affairs Liaison

Peter Langenberg, J.D. serves as the Chancellor and Government Affairs Liaison for Anaheim University.  He graduated from Princeton University summa cum laude with an A.B., and the University of California, Hastings College of Law with a Juris Doctorate. Peter Langenberg lived in Japan for a number of years, speaks Japanese fluently, and is former Chair of the Los Angeles Nagoya Sister City Affiliation. Mr. Langenberg was admitted to the California Bar in 1977 and serves as Hughes, Hubbard & Reed Senior Counsel. His areas of concentration include General Commercial and Business Law; Corporate Law; Intellectual Property (Trademarks, Copyrights, Licensing); and Employment Law.


Vice President of Academic Affairs
Doctor of Education in TESOL Program Designer
Senior TESOL Professor, Graduate School of Education

Dr. Rod Ellis is Vice President of Academic Affairs, Senior TESOL Professor and the designer of the Doctor of Education in TESOL degree program at Anaheim University. A world-renowned thought leader in the field of Second Language Acquisition, Prof. Ellis received his Doctorate from the University of London and his Master of Education from the University of Bristol. A former professor at Temple University both in Japan and the US, Prof. Ellis has served as the Director of the Institute of Language Teaching and Learning at the University of Auckland, a John Curtin Distinguished Professor at Curtin University, and has taught in numerous positions in England, Japan, the US, Zambia and New Zealand. Dr. Ellis, who is known as an expert in Second Language Acquisition, is author of the Oxford University Press Duke of Edinburgh Award-Winning Classic "The Study of Second Language Acquisition", as well as numerous student and teacher-training textbooks for Prentice Hall and Oxford University Press, Prof. Ellis's textbooks on Second Language Acquisition and Grammar are core textbooks in TESOL and Linguistics programs around the world.