David Iha started his career with the University of Hawaiʻi at the System Budget Office as a Budget Analyst and later, as Acting Budget Director. He served as Budget and Accounting Officer for the Community College System before returning to his native Kauaʻi as the Director of Administrative Services at Kauaʻi Community College. He was part of the leadership team that designed and built the new campus at Puhi. He was appointed Provost of Kauaʻi Community College in 1982 and led the campus for sixteen years. As Provost he helped rebuild the college after the destruction caused by Hurricane ʻIwa (1982) and Hurricane ʻIniki (1992). He served as the Executive Administrator and Secretary of the Board of Regents from 1998 until his retirement in 2006.
His national service included: The American Council on Education, The American Association of Community Colleges, and the Accrediting Commission for Community Colleges. His past community service in Hawaiʻi included: Hawaiʻi Community Foundation, Public Schools of Hawaiʻi Foundation, Kauaʻi Visitors Bureau, and a founding director of the Kauaʻi Economic Development Board.
Currently, he serves on the Conference Council of the United Church of Christ, Līhuʻe Christian Church, Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative Board, and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Board. His awards include: Governor’s Award for Employee of the Year (1986); UH Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award (1988); Wheaton College Crusader Club Hall of Honor (1991); University of Hawaiʻi Manager of the Year (1993); University of the Ryukyus (Okinawa) Honorary Doctor of Philosophy (2003), Willard Wilson Distinguished Service Award (2007).
A graduate of Kauaʻi High School, he received his BA from Wheaton College (IL), Master’s from UH Mānoa. He served as an Army officer in South Korea and Hawaiʻi. He and his wife, Shirley, have two sons, Douglas and Derek, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.