Doris Ching served as University of Hawai`i Vice President for Student Affairs, 1987 through 2005. Her prior positions were assistant to UH President, associate professor/associate dean of education, and director of Teacher Corps. She received her Ed.D. from Arizona State University, and BEd and MEd from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa.
Dr. Ching was the first woman of color and first Asian Pacific Islander to be elected president of the NASPA and NASPA Foundation. She served on national commissions, boards of directors, accreditation teams, and consultant in various states, Pacific Islands, and Asia. An advocate of success and equal rights for all students, she led the development of major UH programs and serves as mentor to numerous professionals of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities across the nation. She is recipient of the NAAAP 100, NASPA Legacy, NASPA Pillar of the Profession, Alpha Gamma Delta Distinguished Citizen, and other national awards. She is co-editor of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education Research and Perspectives in Identity, Leadership, and Success.
Harry Le Grande, vice chancellor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, is currently serving as the interim vice president for student affairs at California State University, San Bernardino. Mr. Le Grande is a nationally recognized leader in student affairs, having served 8 ½ years as the chief student affairs officer at one of the world’s premier public teaching and research universities. During his tenure at Berkeley, he managed the associate vice chancellor/dean of students, associate vice chancellor residential and student service programs, associate vice chancellor admissions and enrollment, executive director for philanthropy, independent hearing officer, and the ombudsperson for student and postdoctoral appointees. Mr. Le Grande led 19 administrative units with an estimated 1,336 career positions and an annual operating budget of $385 million.
Mr. Le Grande earned his Baccalaureate degree in social ecology from UC Irvine and his Master’s degree in college student services from Oregon State. His list of recognitions is incredibly impressive, including the 2017 Pillar of the Profession Award (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators), a 2016 Diamond Honoree (American College Personnel Association) and the 2016 Berkeley Citation, the highest honor awarded by the University of California’s founding campus.
Dr. Greg Sawyer is currently the vice president for student affairs at California State University, Sonoma (better known as Sonoma State). Dr. Sawyer's unique background is in “start up” universities since he was the founding senior student affairs officer at both Florida Gulf Coat University (1995-2002) and California State University Channel Islands (2002-2017 retired).
Dr. Sawyer was the founding vice president for student affairs at California State University Channel Islands (CI). He completed his bachelor’s degree in communication and english from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio; his master’s degree in organizational communication behavior at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico, and his Ph.D. in higher education ddministration at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton.
In 2004, Dr. Sawyer was recognized as the Most Distinguished Black Citizen by the Ventura County Chapter of the NAACP. In 2005, he was recognized by the students at CI with the Maximus Award, as Outstanding Administrator of the Year. In 2007, Dr. Sawyer was recognized by the Association of College Personnel Administrators (ACPA) as the Senior Practitioner of the Year. In 2008, Dr. Sawyer was presented with the Wang Family Excellence Award, which recognizes outstanding faculty and administrators in the California State University system. Dr. Sawyer was selected as the outstanding administrator of the year out of 46,000 faculty and staff in the CSU. And in 2012, Dr. Sawyer was recognized by the NASPA as the recipient of the Scott Goodnight Award for outstanding performance as a Vice President for Student Affairs.
Joanna Iwata’s professional career in student affairs spans over thirty-five years and includes having worked on both private liberal arts college to public state universities with student enrollments ranging from 1,000 to 33,000 on the East Coast, West Coast and Hawai’i.
As a former chief student affairs officer at several different private liberal arts colleges in North Carolina, Hawai’i and California, Iwata remains active with NASPA in various volunteer leadership consultant roles, currently with the Center for Women and the Online Learning Community.
Having once served on the NASPA Northern California Executive Board as their former staff development coordinator, Iwata was responsible for spearheading a two-year study on inclusive excellence with her board members and in hosting the region’s first Institute for Inclusive Excellence featuring the work of Dr. Damon Williams at the University of Pacific.
Over the years, she has presented workshops focusing on inclusive excellence, leadership and management at both regional and national conferences. Iwata has published articles in the NASPA Leadership Exchange on change management and a chapter on transformational leadership in a NASPA publication of best practices for SSAO’s.
Previously, she was active with the Association of College Unions International in having served as a former regional director, ACUI Diversity Council representative from Region I and inclusivity coordinator. Iwata has published on-line articles as a Commons Contributor and recently received the Region I (CA/HI/AZ/NM/Guam/Australia) Don & Noel Hinde Distinguished Service Award (2018).
Her professional experiences outside of higher education includes having worked with clients both in the private and public sector as a former program associate at the Center for Creative Leadership (Greensboro, North Carolina) and as an independent senior leadership consultant with other firms based out of North Carolina, Michigan and Atlanta. Iwata has also previously worked with youth foundations and for-profit graduate professional schools.
She is currently at California State University, Monterey Bay as the Senior Coordinator for Governance and Operations (2013 to present).