After an extended period of waiting, AIIAS is pleased to finally announce the arrival of Dr. Ginger Ketting-Weller, the institution's eighth president.
Ketting-Weller has most recently served as the dean of the School of Education at La Sierra University. Born in Thailand to missionary physicians, Ketting-Weller spent the first 18 years of her life in Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.
Ketting-Weller’s PhD in Education was earned at Claremont Graduate University. She also earned a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Leadership from Loma Linda University (La Sierra Campus), California.
With 34 years of service as an educator, Ketting-Weller brings broad teaching experience in higher education as well as in the K-12 system. She has previously served as a professor of teacher education at Pacific Union College and Vice President for Academic Administration at Walla Walla University. She also served as an interim teacher for the 3rd and 4th grade students of AIIAS Academy (Makiling View school) from June to August 1988.
Ketting-Weller has participated on visiting teams of the Adventist Accrediting Association, served on the General Conference Executive Committee of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the North American Division Board of Ministerial and Theological Education, chaired the Association of Adventist Academic Administrators, and most recently chaired the Association of Chairs and Deans of Education for the North American Division.
Ketting-Weller is married to Dr. James C Weller (Jim), who has been chosen by the AIIAS Academy Board and AIIAS Administrative Committee to serve as principal at the AIIAS Academy. He will also serve part time as assistant professor in the graduate school at AIIAS.
Dr. Jim Weller has served as principal in a number of Adventist educational institutions including Hawaiian Mission Academy and Loma Linda Academy, and holds a Ph.D. in Leadership from Andrews University. He has taught graduate-level courses in educational leadership and Adventist philosophy of education on the campuses of Walla Walla University, La Sierra University, and Union College.
The Wellers have three married children, Brandy Farley, Jasmine Baptist, and Micah Weller. They also have 8 grandchildren.
Ketting-Weller succeeds Dr. Stephen R. Guptill who has served as AIIAS president since the end of 2006. In July 2017 Guptill announced his plans to retire, and has continued in leadership until the arrival of the new president.