Members of the East-West Center’s Board of Governors elected board member and former Punahou School President James Scott to serve as the board’s new chairman.

James Scott.

At a meeting Monday the board named Scott to succeed attorney Richard Turbin, who had served his maximum term as chairman but remains on the board.

Board member Peter Ho — the chairman, president and CEO of the Bank of Hawaii — was selected to succeed Scott as the board’s Hawaii vice chair, according to a press release.

Ho joins Vice Chair Kurt Campbell, chairman and CEO of The Asia Group and a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

Scott was appointed to the East-West Center Board of Governors by Gov. David Ige in May 2017.

The board has 18 members: five appointed by the governor, five by the U.S. secretary of state, five members from Asia and the Pacific islands who are elected by the full board, and three ex-officio members who include the governor, the assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs, and the president of the University of Hawaii, or their designees.

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