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The Team at UofSA

Our people are the true strength of UofSA. The leadership, faculty and staff are committed to high quality learning and to providing the environment necessary for students to flourish. Together we work continually to improve educational experiences for our students.

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Board of Trustees

Pappu Venugopala Rao, D.Litt

Chairman , Board of Trustees

Dr. Pappu Venugopala Rao is a renowned and respected personality in the fields of music and dance. He has been...

Pappu Venugopala Rao, D.Litt

Chairman , Board of Trustees

Dr. Pappu Venugopala Rao is a renowned and respected personality in the fields of music and dance. He has been conferred the titles of “Sangita Samrat” and “Sangita Sastra Visarada” as well as “Natya Kala Sagara” and “Natya Kala Visharada”. Dr Pappu Venugopala Rao holds three masters in Telugu, Sanskrit, English, a PhD in Sanskrit and Telugu and D.Litt in Indology. He worked with the American Institute of Indian Studies from 1978-2010 and retired as Associate Director General. Dr Pappu Venugopala Rao has delivered about 50 lecture demonstrations on various topics on Music & Kuchipudi Dance with Vempati Chinna Satyam in India and abroad. As Chair Content committee of Indian Music Experience, he guided the music content of IME Bangalore. As Secretary of the Music Academy Madras since 2008, he has translated five volumes of Sangita Sampradaya Pradarshini. He is the Editor of the Music Academy Journal and has crafted syllabi for the Advance School of Carnatic Music. He is a member of Sangit Natak Akademi. He has been the Academic Council Member of Kalakshetra and Visiting Professor, guiding the syllabus structure and formation of the new courses. He is the Advisory Board member of Nartanam quarterly journal on Indian Classical Dances and Sruti Monthly magazine of Dance and Music. He has authored and co-authored a number of books and has many titles to his credit for his contributions to music, dance, literature and spiritualism.

Anand Kuchibhotla

President

Anand Kuchibhotla, President & CEO, is a visionary, inspiring, renowned, and well accomplished individual in the American Indian community. After...

Anand Kuchibhotla

President

Anand Kuchibhotla, President & CEO, is a visionary, inspiring, renowned, and well accomplished individual in the American Indian community. After having several senior management positions in the corporate world of Fortune 500 companies, he turned to become a social entrepreneur. He founded Silicon Andhra in 2001, a non-profit organization with goals to create cultural identity for the next generation youth, mainly living in the USA. Anand intends to create opportunities for next generation youth to understand their roots and contribute for the betterment of the world. He led several initiatives that are having long lasting societal impact for generations to come. He made significant impact in the communities in the USA and India through different socio-cultural and academic activities. Today Silicon Andhra activities span across the continents and its academic footprint has more than 10,000 students. Anand is recognized and honored for his leadership and creativity by several organizations.

Dr. Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy

Board Member

Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy (B.A. Vassar College 1970; M.M. Yale University 1972; Ph.D. Brown University 1980), is a visiting faculty member in...

Dr. Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy

Board Member

Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy (B.A. Vassar College 1970; M.M. Yale University 1972; Ph.D. Brown University 1980), is a visiting faculty member in the Department of Ethnomusicology at UCLA, where she teaches courses on the classical and folk musics of South and Southeast Asians and Asian-Americans, field methodology, ethnographic film, music and the sacred, and applied and public sector ethnomusicology. Amy's research, writing, teaching, curating, and multi-media publications often have an applied focus aimed at community development of minority traditions, especially in diasporic settings. Amy’s doctoral research on Karnatak music in Madras led her to co-direct documentaries on M.D. Ramanathan and T.N. Krishnan, both Padma Sri honorees. Her applied research includes projects with Cambodian-American refugees, Hmong-American tribal minority of Laos, and Sidi African-Indian Sufis of India, with documentaries on each. Her most recent video/DVD documentary, Music for a Goddess, concerns musical tradition and modernity among Dalit jogti musicians of the Deccan region of southern Maharashtra and Northern Karnataka. She and Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy co-directed Bake Restudy 1984, a documentary using Arnold Bake’s 1938 footage and audio recordings of sacred music in Tamilnadu, Karnataka, and Kerala, where she still continues to conduct applied research.

Dr. Barry Ryan

Board Member

Dr. Barry Ryan, has extraordinary higher education experience, having served five universities as president or chancellor, and two as...

Dr. Barry Ryan

Board Member

Dr. Barry Ryan, has extraordinary higher education experience, having served five universities as president or chancellor, and two as the chief academic officer. He also has the J.D. degree and once served as Fellow at the U.S. Supreme Court working for William Rehnquist. Barry has served in leadership positions in professional and community organizations, including serving for six years on the WSCUC Accrediting Commission, including being elected by his fellow Commissioners to serve on the Executive Committee. Dr. Ryan is a warm, thoughtful, and highly regarded educational leader.

Dr. Elizabeth Griego

Board Member

Dr. Elizabeth Griego has served as Principal of the consulting firm Elizabeth Griego and Associates since July 2013, working with...

Dr. Elizabeth Griego

Board Member

Dr. Elizabeth Griego has served as Principal of the consulting firm Elizabeth Griego and Associates since July 2013, working with over 20 universities and numerous organizations and clients on such topics as strategic planning, program review, preparation for accreditation, student affairs evaluation, and executive coaching. Prior to consulting, she served for seven years as Vice President for Student Life/Professor of Education at the University of the Pacific, Vice President of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and in senior leadership positions at three other universities in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has served as President and on the leadership boards of NASPA- Student Affairs in High Education and also with the California Association of Institutional Research. Dr. Griego is an accredited Baldridge Quality Improvement Examiner and site visitor. She is an active researcher and presenter at higher education conferences with over 60 professional presentations and over a dozen journal articles and book chapters.

Dr. Nalini Rao

Board Member

Dr. Nalini Rao is an art historian and archaeologist, with expertise in South and Southeast Asian Art. She holds a...

Dr. Nalini Rao

Board Member

Dr. Nalini Rao is an art historian and archaeologist, with expertise in South and Southeast Asian Art. She holds a Ph.D. in Art History from University of California, Los Angeles, and a doctorate in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Mysore, India. Dr. Rao is presently an Associate Professor of Art History at the Soka University of America in Los Angeles. She is the Chair of Dr. S.R. Rao Memorial Foundation for Indian Archaeology, Art, and Culture, a non-profit organization, Bengaluru, India. She has published a number of books, including The Art of Sravanabelagola, Belur, Boundaries and Transformations: Masterworks of Indian and South East Asian Sculptures, Royal Imagery and Networks of Power at Vijayanagara: A Study of Kingship in South India, Sindhu-Sarasvati Civilization: New Perspectives, Lothal: A Glorious Civilization, The Hindu Monastery: A Study in the Context of Art and Religion in South Asia, and Educational Facets of Indian Culture.

Neeraj Bhatia

Board Member

Neeraj Bhatia, CPA is an accomplished accounting professional with 30+ years expertise in international and domestic tax planning...

Neeraj Bhatia

Board Member

Neeraj Bhatia, CPA is an accomplished accounting professional with 30+ years expertise in international and domestic tax planning and compliance for startups and multinational entities. He specializes in International tax, audit and review, accounting, compliance and reporting, immigration services, and corporate compliance with offices in California, New York and New Delhi, India. Current engagements in the U.S. and India include cross border tax planning and transactions, M&A, corporate structuring, and complex tax audits and representation, including recent overseas disclosure programs.. His clientele includes startups, multinational companies, government organizations, public sector banks, and auto dealerships. Neeraj Bhatia has presented extensively on U.S. and India tax issues. Neeraj is a Certified Public Accountant in California, Colorado, and New York, Chartered Accountant from India, holds an LL.M in International Taxation from the U.S, Costs and Works (Management) Accountant and graduated with a Bachelor Honors degree in Commerce from India. During his academic years, Neeraj won several awards and scholarships. His expertise extends to community activities as well as the non-profit sector. He is Vice President and Director of the Indo American Chamber of Commerce, which promotes the economic development of the Indo American Community in the U.S.

Dr. Richard Osborn

Board Member

Dr. Richard Osborn is the former president of Pacific Union College. For the last 10 years he has served as...

Dr. Richard Osborn

Board Member

Dr. Richard Osborn is the former president of Pacific Union College. For the last 10 years he has served as vice president of WSCUC, and he was the staff member who helped the UofSA through its eligibility application. He is a talented administrator, valued teacher and mentor, and there is no one more familiar with the policies and practices of the accrediting commission than Dick Osborn.

Dr. Shekar Viswanathan

Board Member

Dr. Shekar Viswanathan, MBA., P.E., is a professor of applied engineering at National University. He is a leader, educator, researcher...

Dr. Shekar Viswanathan

Board Member

Dr. Shekar Viswanathan, MBA., P.E., is a professor of applied engineering at National University. He is a leader, educator, researcher and administrator with more than thirty years of industrial and academic experience encompassing environmental and engineering education, consulting, research and development, and technology development. Career experience includes working with academic institutions, and international corporations managing operations and sales and marketing. Dr. Viswanathan has provided leadership that exemplifies directness, openness to new ideas, and commitment to the success of others. He has published over 100 articles and secured numerous grants.

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