Ginger Ketting-Weller, PhD, became the eighth president of AIIAS in 2019.
Dr. Ketting-Weller was born in Bangkok to mission doctors Sam and Effie Jean Ketting. As a small child she lived in Bangkok, and then Phuket, Thailand. When she was 5 years old her parents moved to Penang Adventist Hospital in Malaysia. Dr. Ketting-Weller attended a one-room church school at Penang Adventist Hospital, then attended Far Eastern Academy in Singapore for four years. Upon graduating from Far Eastern Academy, she went on to earn her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at Walla Walla College in 1985. Following two years of teaching at Lincoln City Seventh-day Adventist School on the Oregon coast, she went on to complete her master's degree in Administration and Leadership at Loma Linda University (La Sierra campus) in 1988.
While teaching and serving as vice principal at Redlands Junior Academy in California, Dr. Ketting-Weller pursued her doctorate at the Claremont Graduate School in California, graduating with her PhD in Education in 1997. Dr. Ketting-Weller’s 25-year career in higher education has included serving as a professor of teacher education at Pacific Union College from 1994-2001, and then one year as Associate Vice President and then ten years as Vice President for Academic Administration at Walla Walla University from 2001- 2012. Before coming to AIIAS, Dr. Ketting-Weller served for seven years as Dean of the School of Education at La Sierra University, where she oversaw graduate programs in Education and developed a PhD program in Leadership. She began her service as President of AIIAS on August 1, 2019.
Ginger’s volunteer contributions to Seventh-day Adventist education have included serving as a student missionary at the Adventist junior college in Finland, and service on various curriculum committees, Adventist Accrediting Association visiting teams, the General Conference Executive Committee, the North American Division Board of Ministerial and Theological Education, the Association of Adventist Academic Administrators, and now chairing the Association of Chairs and Deans of Education. She also has served as a WASC site team member at a variety of higher education institutions in California.
Ginger is married to Dr. Jim Weller, principal of AIIAS Academy and faculty in the Education Department. She and Jim greatly enjoy travel and interactions with peoples of many backgrounds. The Wellers have three adult children and eight grandchildren, all of whom live in the Loma Linda area of southern California.