Dr. Peter A. Andersen serves as the Chairman of the SDGKU Governing Board. He is a Professor Emeritus of the School of Communication, Past Associate Director of the International Center for Communications, and Past Director of Research for the Japan-U.S. Telecommunications Research Institute at San Diego State University. Professor Andersen is also President of the Western States Communication Association and former editor of the Western Journal of Communication. He has authored more than 50 journal articles, 30 book chapters and 100 convention papers. Recent books include The Handbook of Communication and Emotion and Nonverbal Communication: Forms and Functions. His research interests include nonverbal behavior, communication in close relationships, intercultural communication, and the impact of communication technology. His course in virtual reality has showcased his diverse interests in mass media, human consciousness, and interpersonal communication.