Interim Chancellor, University of Hawaii—West Oahu
Doris Ching became interim chancellor of the University of Hawaii–West Oahu on January 1, 2016. She will oversee all aspects of the university, including academic affairs, administration and student affairs.
Most recently, Ching served UH West Oahu as its interim vice chancellor for academic affairs in 2015. As the campus’ chief academic officer, she was a champion of faculty and staff support and development, student success, academic quality and rigor. She also served on UH West O’ahu’s Strategic Planning Committee in 2014.
Ching is emeritus vice president for student affairs for the UH System. She began her career as an assistant and associate professor of education at UH Manoa and served in various executive roles at UH, including associate dean of education, assistant to the president of the UH System and vice president for student affairs for UH Manoa and the UH System. An advocate of success and equal rights for all students, Ching developed numerous student programs at UH, and was instrumental in the construction of the Queen Liliuokalani Center for Student Services at UH Manoa.
Ching earned her bachelor and master degrees in secondary education from the University of Hawai’i, and her EdD with a focus in educational administration and supervision from Arizona State University. She was the first woman of color and first Asian American Pacific Islander to be elected president of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the NASPA Foundation. She has served on national boards of directors and accreditation teams of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and as consultant in the U.S., Asia and Pacific Islands.
Ching continues to mentor professionals in higher education of diverse ethnicities locally and across the nation. She is recipient of numerous local and national awards that recognize her achievements in education as well as her extensive service to the community. She is co-editor of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education Research and Perspectives in Identity, Leadership and Success. She is the former chair of the Hawaii Judicial Selection Commission. Currently, she serves as a member of the Hawaii Judicial Conduct Commission.