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Victor Kah Keng Chen


Victor Kah Keng Chen

Victor Kah Keng Chen

1986, HR Management
Human Resources Director

As a business executive in the Pacific Rim and stake president in a region where The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is growing, Victor Chen is in a great position to advance his passion—helping LDS students return home after graduation.

"All of the young people at BYU-Hawaii are prepared by the Lord to receive their education so they can build the kingdom. They are not needed [in the U.S.], but they are needed here" in their homelands, he said.

Chen joined the Church in 1978. After marrying and having a child, he barely raised enough money to bring his family to BYU-Hawaii. He chose human resources management as his major, and "never regretted that decision." BYU-Hawaii "was a highlight in my life—not only to receive an education, but to see how the Church works. The wonderful part was the opportunity to meet people from all over the world."

Chen wanted a master's degree but felt the need to return home. "Heavenly Father helped me finish my education," he said, "so I promised to return to serve Him."

Chen is the Asia-Pacific human resources director for Merck, Sharp & Dohme, a multinational pharmaceutical firm. His friend reports, "President Chen has tried to reach out to the various faiths to build up the image of the Church. His life story is an inspiration to all the LDS in Singapore."

I am not sure what I can do to have our young people catch a bigger vision; I want them to see things in an eternal perspective. BYU-Hawaii has been proactive in putting into place things that will help the members come back to serve in various countries.