Rio Hondo College, Whittier, CA
Vice President of Student Services
Henry Gee is in his 34th year in higher education, and his ninth year as the Vice President of Student Services at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, CA. Prior to that, he served for 10 years as the Dean of Student Affairs at Santa Ana College and 15 years at Azusa Pacific University in various capacities. He has been active with the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) having served in many roles regionally and nationally; he is currently serving as the Region VI Director for NASPA. He has also served as the co-facilitator for the past ten years of the Leadership Development Program for Higher Education (LDPHE), a program sponsored by the Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) and the Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP). Henry was a member of the inaugural LDPHE class in 1997 and is a former Board member of APAHE.
Henry was honored with the Doris Ching “Shattering the Glass Ceiling Award” by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community (APIKC) in 2003, was honored in 2004 by the NASPA Foundation as a “Pillar of the Profession” and received the inaugural “Outstanding Mentoring Award” from the NASPA APIKC in 2008. In July 2009, Henry was honored to receive the David R. Barclay Alumni Leadership Award bestowed upon him by LEAP. In November of 2009 he was presented the inaugural Community College Professional Award from NASPA Region VI at the Western Regional Conference in San Jose and subsequently was presented with the inaugural National Community College Award at the NASPA National Conference in Chicago in March 2010.
On a personal note, Henry is a first-generation college student, married, has a son who graduated from Cal Poly Pomona and majored in Landscape Architecture; he is working as a Landscape Designer, and they have an extremely active 14-year old daughter who is a freshman in high school, plays on the girls varsity tennis team and has previously earned her black belt.