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.
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 18 grandchildren.
Michael B. Bliss
Vice President, Administrative Services
Michael Bliss is an experienced professional of over 30 years. He has worked for major corporations in telephony, banking, software development and management, construction and higher education. He worked at BYU (Provo) before joining BYU–Hawaii in 2002 as Vice President of Administrative Services.
Bliss oversees Financial Services, Financial Aid, the Budget Office, Human Resources, Purchasing and Travel, and the BYU-Hawaii Bookstore.
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 four academic colleges, the university library, IT, Enrollment Services, and Career Services.
Checketts and his wife Donna are the parents of six children and have 14 grandchildren.
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: Alumni, Residential Life, Counseling Services, Student Leadership and Honor, Health Services, and Food Services.
David A. Lewis
Vice President, Construction, Facilities and Sustainability
David came to BYU–Hawaii in 2011 with nearly two decades of operational and managerial experience in facilities, construction and planning. He is specialized in both commercial and residential construction projects, and has served as a general contractor on projects of all sizes and levels of complexity. David has twice been recognized as Builder of the Year by the Utah Valley Home Builders Association.
David is responsible for master planning and strategic direction of Board-approved construction projects, renovations and sustainability efforts – including energy efficiency and recycling – at BYU–Hawaii. In addition, he oversees the university's facilities management department, including custodial, design and construction, grounds and shops. David and his wife Jonna have five children.