East-West Center Board of Governors Elects Dr. James Scott as New Chairman


Former Punahou President is chosen by fellow board members to head EWC’s governing body; Bank of Hawai‘i’s Peter Ho named Vice Chair 

HONOLULU (Oct. 1, 2019) – Members of the East-West Center’s Board of Governors have elected board member and former Punahou School President Dr. James K. Scott to serve as the board’s new chairman. At a meeting Sept. 30, the board named Scott to succeed attorney Richard Turbin, who had served his maximum term as chairman but remains on the board as a member.

“I am thrilled and honored to work with East-West Center President Dr. Richard Vuylsteke, the board, and his talented team as we continue to position the Center to be a valuable resource for Hawai‘i, America, and the Pacific,” Scott said.

Board member Peter Ho—Chairman, President and CEO of Bank of Hawai‘i—was selected to succeed Scott as the board’s Hawai‘i Vice Chair, joining continuing Vice Chair Dr. Kurt Campbell, who is Chairman and CEO of The Asia Group and former US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

About Dr. James K. Scott

Dr. James Kapae‘alii Scott was appointed to the East-West Center Board of Governors by Hawai‘i Governor David Ige in May 2017. A Honolulu-born graduate of Punahou, Stanford and Harvard, Dr. Scott became Punahou School’s 16th president in 1994 and served through June 2019. In addition to heading the largest coeducational, independent K-12 school on a single campus in the United States, he was actively engaged in leadership roles at the local and national levels, serving as a member of the National Association of Independent Schools Board of Trustees, a director of Hawaiian Electric Industries and a trustee of the Barstow Foundation, among numerous other service positions.

About the EWC Board of Governors

The East-West Center Board of Governors consists of 18 members, including five appointed by the governor of Hawai‘i, five appointed by the US secretary of state, five members from Asia and the Pacific islands who are elected by the full board, and three ex-officio members who include the governor of Hawai‘i, the assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs, and the president of the University of Hawai‘i, or their designees.