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Stanley Buchesky

Stanley Buchesky

Stanley Buchesky is the Chairman and CEO of pi-top, a global education technology company that brings computer science education to students around the world using project based learning. He is also the founder and Managing Partner of the EdTech Fund, investing in seed stage education technology companies in K-12 and Higher Education.

In January 2017, Mr. Buchesky was appointed to serve as interim CFO of the U.S. Department of Education. He ran and oversaw all of the Department’s finances and operations during the initial days of the Administration until the Secretary could be confirmed by the Senate and other senior political appointees could be hired.

He has a passion for education. Stanley first became involved in education while leading mergers and acquisitions for McGraw-Hill and then as one of the founding board members of Equality Charter School in the Bronx. Starting with an idea in the heads of three educators, he led the school through start-up phase, established oversight committees, and eventually helped expand Equality from a single middle school to a high school as well, graduating its first senior class in 2018.

Stanley has led M&A departments and activities for large companies such as McGraw-Hill, L-3 Communications and Pitney Bowes, leading deals ranging from minority equity investments and joint ventures to multi-billion dollar transformational acquisitions. He has a depth of knowledge in private and public company tax and accounting issues and is a skilled negotiator. He has has also advised candidates for Governor in two different states on education policy.

Prior to a career in business, Stanley was an Airborne Ranger Army officer serving in peacekeeping missions in Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia. He is a West Point graduate with a BS in computer science engineering and a double major in German and French, and he holds an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School.

ShaSha Chang

About ShaSha

Recently retired, ShaSha Chang was the Chief Executive Officer of Wolters Kluwer China since 2009. While there, she oversaw the business activities in China including legal, tax, accounting, and healthcare information. She previously worked with McGraw-Hill Companies in several management functions, among them Vice President, General Manager of McGraw-Hill China, and Country Manager of Standard & Poor’s China operation. She gained broad experience in several positions in the legal, financial, and property development areas with several companies in the United States, such as Skadden Arps, the First National Bank of Chicago, and Tishman Speyer. Ms. Chang holds a Master of Arts degree from New York State University and a bachelor’s degree from Guangdong Foreign Languages University and was an exchange student at Colgate University.

Chiao-Ling Hsu

About Chiao-Ling

Chiao-ling Hsu stands as a paragon of innovation and leadership in the realm of higher education. Her distinguished career spans over two decades, marked by significant contributions in business education, technology integration, and institutional management. Ms. Hsu’s journey in the educational sector is a testament to her commitment to excellence, adaptability to changing landscapes, and a deep-seated belief in the transformative power of education.

Born and raised in an environment that valued education profoundly, Ms. Hsu embarked on her academic journey with a zeal to explore the interplay between technology and education. This exploration led her to New York University (NYU) from 1992 to 1995, where she pursued studies in Business Education in Technology. Her time at NYU coincided with the nascent stages of technological advancement in education, providing her with foundational insights that would later shape her professional ethos.

Upon returning to Taipei, Taiwan, she joined the Taiwan Culture University as an Adjunct Professor in 1997. Her role quickly evolved as she took on the mantle of spearheading the university’s e-learning program in 1999. Her efforts in this domain were pioneering, culminating in the program’s accreditation by the Ministry of Education and setting a benchmark for online education in Taiwan.

Ms. Hsu’s leadership trajectory saw a significant leap in 2005 when she was appointed as the COO of the school’s continuing education sector and later as the CEO of the school foundation. Under her stewardship, the Continuing Education of the Chinese Culture University achieved unparalleled success, ranking as the top institution in the nation for ten consecutive years. Her innovative approach and strategic leadership during the 2008 global financial crisis further fortified the institution’s position, offering retraining programs that addressed the pressing needs of the time.

In 2015, Ms. Hsu embraced a new challenge by joining Ambow in Beijing, a move that marked her foray into the corporate-educational sector. This transition was a testament to her versatile leadership capabilities and her ability to navigate diverse educational landscapes. Her tenure at Ambow was a period of significant learning and growth, enriching her understanding of the business aspects of education.

Ms. Hsu’s most recent role as the Interim and eventual President of the NewSchool of Architecture & Design in 2022-23 showcases her ability to lead. Stepping in during a time of need, she successfully stabilized the institution, demonstrating her expertise in institutional management and her capacity to handle complex challenges with grace and effectiveness.

Throughout her illustrious career, Chiao-ling has been a proponent of innovative educational practices, a champion of technology in learning, and a leader who believes in the power of education to transform lives. Her journey is not just a story of personal success but a narrative that inspires educational leaders worldwide. As she continues to make strides in the field, Chiao-ling Hsu remains a beacon of inspiration, a symbol of resilience, and a testament to the enduring impact of visionary leadership in education.

Dr. O’Brien

About Dr. O’Brien

Gregory O’Brien is former President of International Technological University and Distinguished President Emeritus of Argosy University (2004-07). Before joining Argosy, Dr. O’Brien served as Chancellor of the University of New Orleans for over 16 years (1987-2003), where he also taught psychology and public affairs. Previous positions include Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of South Florida, Provost of the University of Michigan-Flint and Dean of the School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Dr. O’Brien was the Director of the Human Services Design Laboratory at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, as well as an Associate in Psychiatry at the Laboratory of Community He earned his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in social psychology from Boston University.

Dr. O’Brien has consulted and published in areas of higher education, administration, change management, accreditation, for-profit education, organizational social psychology, inter-organizational relations, mental health and human services, international business and management, technology transfer, and research utilization. Dr. O’Brien served as Vice Chair and Member of the Board of Directors for the Council for Higher Education Accreditation from 2003 to 2009, and previously served as Chair of the Board of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. He was Chair of the NCAA Presidents Commission and President of The American College of Mental Health Administration. Dr. O’Brien served as Interim Superintendent of New Orleans Public Schools in 1999. Dr. O’Brien was inducted into Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame in 1999 and has received the US Navy’s Meritorious Service Award.

Currently, Dr. O’Brien leads The Higher Education Group, Inc., and consults with institutions of higher learning and educational systems in the US and abroad on issues of quality assurance, governance, accreditation, distance learning, economic development, and marketing. He has served on the Eligibility Committee and as an accreditation visiting team chair for the WASC Senior Commission since 2009. He has also chaired visiting teams for the Higher Learning Commission and SACS. He has lectured and consulted on quality assurance and accreditation in Croatia, China, India, and Malaysia.

Scott H. Yee

About Scott H. Yee

Mr. Scott Yee currently is Vice President of Business Department, Business Department of Sunplus’s Chairman’s Office where he has been working since 2002. Sunplus Technology Co., Ltd. (TWSE: 2401, LSE: SUPD), established in 1990, is a leading semiconductor chip provider for multimedia and automotive applications such as DVD player, portable DVD player, home entertainment audio products, car infotainment and advanced driving assistance system (ADAS). Prior to Sunplus, Mr. Yee was Director of Marketing, Asia Pacific, at Micron Semiconductor and Photobit Corporation to firstly bring in CMOS Imager into commercial products in Asia Pacific in 1998, a leading technology previously known and innovated at JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), Pasadena, California, USA. Mr. Yee received his honor of Magna Cum Laude with Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cal Poly, Pomona and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California.

Jin Huang

About Jin Huang

Dr. Jin Huang has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our board of directors since our inception in August 2000. Dr. Huang has over 17 years of academic and industry experience in Silicon Valley. Prior to founding Ambow, Dr. Huang was a founding engineer at Avant!, where she was responsible for product design and engineering management. Dr. Huang holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, a master’s degree in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from the University of Electronic Science & Technology of China. From 1990 to 1993, Dr. Huang was doing research and completed her Ph.D. dissertation at the University of California, Berkeley.

D. R. (DAVID) Widder

About D.R. (DAVID) Widder

D.R. Widder has served as Vice President at Babson College (Innovation, Strategy, & Partnership Development)
Highly accomplished business development executive with an extensive record of achievement leading creation and delivery of transformational strategies and programs in entrepreneurial environments. As an innovator and strategist, forges the intersection of technology and business to create sustainable value and support scalable growth. Leveraging in-depth analytical skills, finance knowledge, and systems-thinking, conceptualizes and develop new lines of business and serve as a key contributor to merger activity to drive organizational success.