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Doris Ching is Emeritus Vice President for Student Affairs of the University of Hawai’i (UH) System and former Interim Chancellor of UH-West O’ahu. She currently is Chief Academic Officer of the UH System Academy for Creative Media. Prior to her retirement in 2005, she served 40 years in K-12 and higher education in the State of Hawai’i. Her leadership positions included Teacher Corps Director, UH West O’ahu Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, College of Education Associate Dean, Executive Assistant to the President, and others. In all positions, her work resulted in educational equity for students, and greater local, national, and global prominence and respect for the university.
A staunch student advocate, Ching developed numerous programs that support students’ educational success. She championed and elevated student affairs’ prominence throughout the UH System. She was instrumental in fundraising for the 5-story Queen Lili’uokalani Center for Student Services at UH-Mānoa and state-of-the-art creative media building at UH-West O’ahu.
Ching was the first woman of color and first Asian American Pacific Islander to be elected president of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the NASPA Foundation. She served on various national Boards of Directors, including Golden Key International Honour Society, on accreditation teams of the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC), and as consultant in the US, Asia, and Pacific Islands. She continues to mentor professionals of diverse ethnicities in higher education in Hawai’i and across the nation.
Locally, Ching is a past chair of the Hawai’i State Commission on Judicial Selection and current member of the Hawai’i State Commission on Judicial Conduct. Her many volunteer roles included the Hawai’i Veterans Memorial Scholarship Board of Trustees, Hawai’i Commission on National and Community Service, Aloha United Way Board of Directors, Sacred Hearts Academy Board of Managers, Cities in Schools Board of Managers, Commissions to Commemorate the 90th Year of Okinawans’ Arrival to Hawai’i and Chinese Bicentennial of Arrival in Hawai’i.
In her retirement, Ching co-edited three books: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education Research and Perspectives in Identity, Leadership, and Success (2012); Focusing on the Underserved: Immigrant, Refugee, and Indigenous Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education (2017); and Transformational Encounters: Shaping Diverse College University Leaders (2018).