Brigham Young University–Hawaii Student Life Vice President Jonathan Kala Kau announced the appointment of Alison Whiting as the director of campus life. This is a new position that will oversee the newly envisioned Hoʻokahua department, which has broad stewardship for the Student Leadership & Service, Seasider Sports & Activities, Residential Life, and the Office of Honor departments.
Whiting has worked at BYU–Hawaii since 2013 and has served as the head of the Student Leadership & Service department. She received a master’s degree in educational psychology from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in history from BYU in Provo. Whiting has valuable knowledge and experience in student development, leadership training, learning outcomes, clubs and organizations, student housing, service engagement, activity programming, and conduct intervention. She is trusted and respected by both peers and students for her collaborative approach, transformative ideas, and caring support.
“Alison has been a valued advisor, educator, and role model for so many students over the years. As the new director of campus life, her considerable knowledge and experience will influence and benefit even more students and colleagues in positive ways,” said Kau. “Alison is committed to fostering the spiritual, social, physical, and intellectual growth and learning of our students through the activities, programs, services, and staff she will oversee.”
This new position will have comparable student influence and interaction to that of the dean of students who oversees the Ho’okele department. The Hawaiian term “ho’okahua” means to prepare or establish a foundation. This new department will build a foundation of student development according to the example of the Savior found in Luke 2:52, which teaches: "Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and man."