Iwasa Becomes WWU Dean of Students

October 11, 2019 | Education | Jodi Wagner

David Iwasa has joined the Walla Walla University student life team as the new assistant vice president for student life and dean of students. In this position, Iwasa will serve as advisor for the Associated Students of Walla Walla University, lead in the development of campus initiatives that promote overall student well-being, and help oversee the university judicial system with an emphasis on restoration and redemption.

Iwasa joins WWU with 19 years of experience in student life, most recently at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich., as director of university housing and conventions/guest services and graduate student association sponsor from 2011 to 2019. He has also served as dean and vice principal for Thunderbird Adventist Academy in Arizona and dean for Gem State Adventist Academy in Idaho. His experience includes positions in accounting, management and administration for various companies.

“David brings to Walla Walla University a passion for Adventist education, a deep love for students, and years of experience in residential life and higher education,” says Doug Tilstra, vice president for student life. “His generous spirit, seasoned faith, thoughtful engagement with tough issues, and love for helping students find and express their fullest and beautiful potential are fully aligned with the core values of WWU.”

Iwasa has a Bachelor of Science in business administration and a Master of Arts degree in educational leadership from WWU. He is a certified student development educator and a member of the Adventist Student Personnel Association. In 2015 he was awarded the Faith Development Leadership Award from Andrews University for his contributions to university spiritual life.

He and his wife, Kathleen, are the parents of two college students, Kaily and Dawson.