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Senior Vice President & Provost



An academic leader with nearly two decades of higher education experience in capacities ranging from vice president to dean to faculty senate leader, joined Hawai‘i Pacific University as its first-ever provost on July 15, 2013.

Dr. Liao-Troth was previously the interim provost and vice president of academic affairs at Georgia College & State University (GCSU). Formerly the dean of the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business at GCSU, Dr. Liao-Troth was also chair of the Department of Management and director of Graduate Business Programs at Western Washington University (WWU). He also served as Faculty Senate President while at WWU. He formerly led the National Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (née American Humanics Program) at DePaul University. Dr. Liao-Troth held faculty appointments at all of these institutions while in academic leadership roles, and also served on the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis. He is an emeritus professor of management at Western Washington University.

He holds doctoral and master’s degrees in management and policy from the University of Arizona and an MBA from San Diego State University with a focus on personnel and industrial relations. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Santa Cruz in American Studies.

Prior to his work in academia, Dr. Liao-Troth served as a division executive with Boy Scouts of America, and his research interests have focused largely on management of non-profit organizations. His book, “Challenges in Volunteer Management” (Information Age, 2008), has been widely adopted as a textbook for graduate programs in non-profit management.