2490 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
Dr. Kent M. Keith arrived in Hawaii in 1962 at the age of 14. He attended Stevenson Intermediate School and Roosevelt High School in Honolulu, graduating as student body president of Roosevelt in 1966. Dr. Keith earned a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a Master’s degree from Oxford University in England, a Certificate in Japanese from Waseda University in Tokyo, a law degree from the University of Hawaii, and a doctorate in higher education from the University of Southern California. He is a Rhodes Scholar.
Dr. Keith began his professional career in Hawaii in 1974. Over the years he served as an attorney for Cades Schutte Fleming & Wright; State of Hawaii Director of Planning and Economic Development in Governor Ariyoshi’s cabinet; Project Manager of the Mililani Technology Park; Senior Vice President of the YMCA of Honolulu; and President of Chaminade University. From 2007 to 2012 he served as CEO of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, based in Indiana, and from 2012 to 2015 he served as CEO of the Greenleaf Centre for Servant Leadership (Asia), based in Singapore.
Dr. Keith is currently the President of Pacific Rim Christian University in Honolulu. PacRim is the only accredited, Hawaii-based, Christian university. PacRim offers Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees in Biblical Studies, Theology, Worship Arts, and Christian Ministry.
Dr. Keith has given more than a thousand speeches and workshops in the United States and thirteen countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa. More than 200,000 copies of his books have been sold around the world. He is known internationally as the author of the Paradoxical Commandments, which he first published in 1968 in a book for student leaders. He is a passionate advocate of servant leadership, which he sees as the best way to implement the Rotary motto of service above self.
Dr. Keith has been a member of the Rotary Club of Honolulu and the Rotary Club of Carmel, Indiana. He is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Honolulu Sunrise. He is married to Dr. Elizabeth Misao Keith, who serves as the Dean of Instruction at Hawaii Tokai International College. Kent and Elizabeth have been married for 40 years. They have three grown children.