Charity Fonoimoana comes to Columbia College with 16 years of experience in higher education. After earning her bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College, she went on to complete a master’s in management and leadership, as well as an MBA from Western Governor’s University in 2018. She is currently pursuing her DBA in Organizational Change Management from Northcentral University. Charity joined CCG as the director of the USCG Honolulu campus on October 18, 2021. She has worked in several areas of student services at the community college, private four-year university, and public state university levels. Her roles have included academic advising lead, financial aid supervisor, admissions coordinator, and adjunct faculty. Her career in academics began after closing their board and care home for disabled senior citizens, which she owned with her husband for 13 years.

Charity Fonoimoana, director, Columbia College-Honolulu
Charity Fonoimoana, director, Columbia College-Honolulu

Fonoimoana, her husband of almost 29 years, and two of their 6 children, live on the Northeast shore of O’ahu, where her husband teaches at the local high school. She has been very active in the lives of her children, including PTCO president, chairman of graduation committees, and the #1 fundraiser of all time, raising enough funds to send her daughter’s graduating class to Disneyland, and other extra-curricular trips for her other children.

She is very excited for the opportunity she has to help grow this great campus in Hawaii, and learn how we, as an institution can better serve our military students, their families, as well as our military affiliated students.