Place 8: Term ends in 2018
Dr. Betty Hwang, 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.
She has been a teacher at every level - from college professor to high school teacher and elementary teacher. She founded and built a pioneering software company that helped the State of Texas and the City of Austin modernize their computer information systems. Betty was a professor at Purdue University, where she taught 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.
Betty is a proud Texas Longhorn. She received her Ph.D in Higher Education from the University of Texas, where she studied how global universities and colleges could improve their computer information education curricula to serve students more effectively.
Betty was the founding Chairwoman and CEO of Victina Systems International, a software consulting firm started in Austin in 1990. She led the company to provide software 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.
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 in Certification for Computer Professionals (ICCP). Betty has served as session chair, speaker, presenter, paper referee, panelist, and book reviewer at many events, including the Association for Computer Machinery (SIGCSE Computer Science Education), Institute for Information Industry, Enprotect International Conference, Computer Education Conference, and West Lafayette Community School Cooperation. She has served on many university committees over the years. Dr. Hwang is on the board of ACTCC (Austin Chapter of Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce) and served as board director of TACC (Texas Asian Chamber of Commerce) in Austin, Texas.
Dr. Hwang 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. She was awarded a doctorate degree in Higher Education from the University of Texas, with a concentration in curriculum and instruction in Management Information Systems.
Betty sung in the award-winning Austin Chinese Choir and performed in concerts. She served as the Treasurer for the choir. She sponsored and participated in the 5K run in Austin to support the cure for cancer. Betty also served as a judge for the Austin Asian pageant contest.
Betty immigrated to America from Taiwan in 1970 to pursue graduate education and to seek the American Dream. She became a naturalized American citizen in 1981 and is proud to call Austin home. She has a son, Victor, and a daughter, Tina. She is a grandma of four grandsons. She is a dog lover, a member of ASPCA, and can often be found playing with her Maltese, Benz.