Dr. Robertson Robert Robertson, Ph.D.

Dean, Akio Morita School of Business
Business Professor

Dr. Robert Robertson holds a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management Executive Certificate in Innovation and Strategy, Ph.D. in Management and Organization (Stirling University, Scotland); Post-Doctoral Professional Certificate, International Business and Leadership (Argosy University); Post Graduate Diploma in International Management-China (University of London); Master of Studies in Law (Vermont Law School); Master of Public Administration (Dalhousie University, Canada); a Master of Arts (Eastern Kentucky University) and a Bachelor of Science (East Tennessee State University). He has more than 15 years of experience in academia as a Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of Business and MBA program director in the United States and in Kazakhstan. Dr. Robertson was selected by the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to the Fulbright Specialist Program. He has served as the Chief Academic Officer and Research Fellow at the University of Phoenix's Center for Workforce Diversity, Central Florida campus in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Robertson is a Visiting Full Professor at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, Faculty of Economics; and, he serves as a Scientific Adviser to the Global Universities in Distance Education (GUIDE) association headquartered at Marconi University, Rome, Italy. He is an invited speaker on international business, strategy, online education and workforce training; and he regularly lectures in China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Europe, Brazil and the United States. In the public sector, he has more than 20 years of management experience including serving as the City Manager for the City of Hamilton, Ontario in Canada with more than 8,500 employees and a budget in excess of one billion dollars.

AndreaAnzalone180Andrea Anzalone, MLIS

Librarian

Andrea Anzalone manages the university’s online library and is responsible for the ongoing development of library resources and services.  She holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from UCLA. She brings over 25 years of experience in the library field and has worked in a variety of educational institutions, including Woodbury University, Phillips Graduate Institute, Getty Research Institute, and Los Angeles Public Library.

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Vice President for Administrative Affairs

Kate Strauss is the Vice-President for Administrative Affairs at Anaheim University, overseeing the administrative, accreditation and state approval functions of the university. Ms. Strauss holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Princeton University, and a Master of Arts in English from the University of California, Irvine. Ms. Strauss brings over 10 years of experience in the human relations and marketing fields, and has won numerous civic awards in her role as Marketing Director for One Colorado in Old Pasadena, CA for her innovative contributions to cultural life and leadership. She has also enjoyed success using her communication skills as a teacher and training professional for the Orange County Human Relations Council.

Elizabeth MaysElizabeth Mays, MM

Student Services & Admissions Director

Holding a Master's degree from Azusa Pacific University and a Bachelor's degree from University of Redlands, Elizabeth Mays is the Student Services & Admissions Director at Anaheim University. In this role, she oversees Anaheim University's various student services tasks from admissions through graduation. Prior to joining Anaheim University, Ms. Mays held management positions at technology firms and a faculty position at APU, where she founded the Master's of Music Handbell performance program. She has also volunteered for various nonprofit organizations including the Handbell Musicians of America and Habitat for Humanity.

David Desser, Ph.D.David Desser, Ph.D.

Dean of the Akira Kurosawa School of Film
Film Professor

David Desser is Dean of the Anaheim University Akira Kurosawa School of Film. He is also Professor Emeritus of Cinema Studies, University of Illinois, where he was Professor of Cinema Studies, Comparative and World Literatures, East Asian Languages and Cultures and Research Professor of Communication. He has taught at the University of Michigan, Kansai University in Japan, Hong Kong Baptist University, the University of Pennsylvania, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Chapman University and the University of Southern California (USC). He received his Ph.D. from USC in the Cinema program with a minor in Japanese and has authored a number of books and served as editor on a number of journals related to Asian cinema.