Place 8: Term ends in 2018
Betty Hwang, Ph.D., was elected to the Austin Community College District Board of Trustees in November 2012. She is the first Asian American to serve on the Board. She is a leader in higher education with broad experience as an entrepreneur, a computer expert, and an educator.
Dr. Hwang has been a teacher at every level – from college professor to high school teacher and elementary teacher. She was a professor at Purdue University, where she taught computer classes that provided hundreds of students with practical applied computing skills and enabled them to get jobs where they helped strengthen some of America’s leading corporations.
Dr. Hwang is a proud Texas Longhorn. She received her Ph.D in higher education from the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied how global universities and colleges could improve their computer information education curricula to serve students more effectively. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English education from National Taiwan Normal University and her master’s degree in educational administration from Louisiana State University.
As a entrepreneur, Dr. Hwang was the founding Chairwoman and CEO of West Lake Computer Systems (dba as VICTINA Systems International), a software consulting firm started in Austin in 1990. She led the company to provide IT services to help a wide range of clients – including various government agencies and Fortune 500 corporations such as IBM and Intel – update their legacy computer systems and advance into the modern era. She has more than 20 years of expertise in software services and management.
Dr. Hwang received a Legacy Award in 2013 from The University of Texas at Austin. She is honored in The U.S. Registry of Who’s Who Among Outstanding Americans and is active in professional activities. She belonged to Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society, and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society. She holds a professional CDP certificate (Certificate in Data Processing) awarded by Institute of Certification for Computer Professionals. Dr. Hwang served as board director of Texas Asian Chamber of Commerce and Austin Chapter of Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves on the ACC Foundation Board and ACC’s Center for Public Policy and Political Studies(CPPPS). She also serves as a board director of Asian Pacific-Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA).
Dr. Hwang has a son, Victor, and a daughter, Tina. She is a proud grandma of five grandsons.