Joyce Tsunoda
Chancellor Emeritus for UH Community Colleges

Born in Osaka, Japan, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) in chemistry and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Hawaii. Dr. Tsunoda is a former provost at Kapi`olani Community College, past associate dean for special programs and community services at Leeward Community College, and began her career as a research associate with the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of Hawaii.


“I had a tremendously useful experience in CCLC. The week of workshops at Claremont College was informative and the learning I picked up was almost overwhelming. Here in Hawaii, with colleagues across the community college system we devised the first mission and the first group activities of the organization. Much that I learned that year has served me well as I’ve been involved in UH system-level activities over the years. Joyce Tsunoda, Peggy Cha, and Cammie Matsumoto were extraordinary in helping us go from vision to execution.”

- Paul Lococo
Generation 1, Leeward Community College

Welcome to the Community College Leadership Champions Website

What is CCLC?

CCLC began as the brainchild of former University of Hawai'i Community Colleges Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Joyce S. Tsunoda who wanted to provide employees within the UHCC system an opportunity to learn what leadership within a community college context means. She believed both that we must grow our own leaders, and that leaders are not just positional, but can strenghen the college from any position. Upon her retirement she established the Tsunoda Leadership endowment to support CCLC. The endowment to support CCLC. The endowment has received financial support from UHCC administrators, CCLC founding members, members of CCLC generations, and the community

What is the Mission of CCLC?

The mission of the University of Hawai'i Community College Leadership Champions (CCLC) is to identify, encourage, develop, and support the next generation of community college leadership.

What are the goals of CCLC?

The goals of CCLC are to identify and encourage individuals to engage in leadership roles; to develop creative dynamic leadership committed to the core values of the UHCCs and to support an atmosphere of leadership among faculty, staff, and administration.

(The mission statement and goals were developed by Generation 1 CCLC as their copstone project)


CCLC Leaders and Founders


Joyce Tsunoda
Chancellor Emeritus for UH Community Colleges, co-founder of CCLC and program’s first Lead Mentor; in 2004 established Tsoumada Leadership Endowment to support CCLC

John Morton
Vice President for UH Community Colleges

Peggy Cha
Lead Mentor for CCLC - 2004 – 2008, and Retired Chancellor for Kaua‘i CC

Helen Cox
Lead Mentor for CCLC - 2008 – Current, and Chancellor for Kaua`i CC

Cammie Matsumoto
CCLC Coordinator - 2004 – current, and Director, Community Relations and Special Projects for Kaua`i CC