President's Council

About The President's Council

The BYU–Hawaii President’s Council is charged with determining the strategic direction of the university on all levels: educational, fiscal, spiritual, and physical. Their primary focus is the success of each individual student, and the leadership development of the entire BYU–Hawaii ‘ohana. As the President’s Council works to accomplish the mission of the university, they make decisions to align resources with key priorities. While the President’s Council has specific responsibility over the university, its students, employees and resources, they are also concerned with how the decisions of BYU–Hawaii affect La'ie and the surrounding community.

President Steven C. Wheelwright

Norm Black

Max L. Checketts

Debbie Hippolite Wright

Steven C. Wheelwright


Dr. Steven C. Wheelwright, the Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus at Harvard Business School, became the ninth president of Brigham Young University– Hawaii on June 23, 2007. Called by President Gordon B. Hinckley to preside over Brigham Young University–Hawaii, he and the university have been charged to continue to improve the quality of the education delivered and efficiently utilize the resources of the Church in order to bless the lives of as many students as possible, particularly the young men and women from Asia and the Pacific. President Wheelwright regularly reports to the Commissioner of the Church Educational System, Paul V. Johnson, and the CES Board of Trustees, which includes the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He is a former senior associate dean of the Harvard Business School's MBA program, a Baker Foundation professor and senior associate dean and director of Harvard Business School's publication activities. His research and experience have given him a world-recognized expertise in solving complex managerial problems and foreseeing future business trends. He has written several books with colleagues including, "Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation", 4th ed.; "Operations, Strategy, and Technology – Pursuing the Competitive Edge"; and "Dynamic Manufacturing: Creating the Learning Organization".

Following his retirement from Harvard, he and his wife, Margaret, presided over the London, England Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and then as service missionaries at BYU–Idaho. President Wheelwright grew up in Salt Lake City and is a cowboy at heart. He has owned a cattle ranch, and currently keeps horses and cattle at his Oakley, Utah home. He and Margaret are the parents of five children and 19 grandchildren.

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Norm Black

Vice President, Administrative Services

Brother Black received his Masters Degree from Webster University and was the Outstanding

Honor Graduate in 1995. He is a retired Officer from the United States Air Force and prior to coming to BYU-Hawaii, he was a Program Manager for a large government contractor. He came to BYU-Hawaii in 2011 as the Director of Enterprise Information Systems.

Brother Black currently serves as the Vice President of Administration. He has responsibility for the following areas: Finance, HR, Budget, Materials Management, Construction, Facilities Management, Internal Audit, Security, and Housing.

Max L. Checketts

Vice President, Academics

Dr. Max L. Checketts joined BYU-Hawaii in April 2008. He has over 30 years of experience in higher education administration. He earned a bachelor's and master's degree from Brigham Young University, and a doctorate from Utah State University.

Checketts has responsibility for Academics, Athletics, Career Services, Educational Outreach, Enrollment and International Student Services, and the library.

Debbie Hippolite Wright

Vice President, Student Development & Services

Dr. Debbie Hippolite Wright is a Maori who hails from the south island of Aotearoa, New Zealand. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Waikato. She has practiced for many years as a social worker and marriage and family therapist in Aotearoa, Hawaii, and the U.S. Mainland. Prior to her current position, she taught at BYU–Hawaii in the Social Work department for 17 years.

Dr. Hippolite Wright currently serves as the Vice President for Student Development and Services. She has responsibility for the following areas: Counseling Services, the Health Center, Food and Retail Services, Student Leadership, Activities, and Service, and Office of Honor.