Our Leadership

Wayne Smutz, PhD

Founding Dean

Wayne Smutz is Founding Dean of UCLA Global Online and Dean of Continuing Education at the University of California Los Angeles. Previously he was Executive Director of Penn State’s online campus, World Campus.

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Roger Torneden, PhD

Associate Dean

Dr. Torneden is Associate Dean of UCLA Global Online and Director of Business, Management and Legal Programs for UCLA's continuing education division. He earned his PhD in international business from NYU’s Stern School.

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Michael A. Buczkowski

Chief Marketing Officer

Michael A. Buczkowski is CMO of UCLA Global Online. Buczkowski has been CEO of multiple agencies, including a business unit at Leo Burnett. He has also worked with leading global marketers including Coca-Cola, AT&T, P&G, 7-Eleven, Visa, McDonald's, and Capital One.

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Rosemarie Piccioni, EdD

Director, Learning Experience

Dr. Rosemarie Piccioni is UCLA Global Online Director of Educational Futures. She has 25+ years of experience creating rich media learning environments at Columbia University, Carnegie Hall, and the Walt Disney Company.

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Patrick Colabucci

Director, Strategic Agent Relationships

Pat is UCLA Global Online Director of Strategic Agent Relationships. He spent 20 years overseas teaching and managing ESL programs in China, Japan, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia. He earned his MA in Education at Temple University’s Tokyo campus.

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Van Anderson

Director, Custom Programs &
Strategic Partnerships

Van Anderson is the Director of Corporate Education and Custom Programs and Strategic Partnerships. He has expanded business to more than 14 countries. He's also served as President of AMA Los Angeles.

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Bruce Huang, PhD

Director, Digital Technology

Dr. Bruce Huang is UCLA Global Online Director of Digital Technologies. Bruce is an MIT alumnus and former IBM Global Services executive. He built a $170 million practice at IBM Global Services from scratch in three years and is chair of Cranehill Learning Services Inc., a global early education company.

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Heather Chakiris, MEd

Director, Student and Alumni Services

Heather L. Chakiris is UCLA Global Online Director of Student and Alumni Services. She served almost 14 years as Director of Advising and Learner Success for Penn State World Campus. She earned her MEd at Penn State.

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