Foundation Board Member
Former Vice President of Student Affairs
Rio Hondo College
Henry Gee recently retired after completing his 41st year in higher education, and his sixteenth year as the Vice President of Student Services at Rio Hondo College in Whittier CA. He is currently serving as the part-time Executive Director of the Rio Hondo Foundation. 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 NASPA, Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education, having served in many roles regionally and nationally, from New Professionals to the Network for Educational Equity and Ethnic Diversity (NEEED), two annual conference committees, and countless regional conference committees, a term on the Scott Academy Board and a term on the Foundation Board; he has served as the Region VI Director for NASPA and has rejoined the Foundation Board. He has also served as the co-facilitator for the past twenty 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. The award was subsequently named the Henry Gee Outstanding Mentoring Award in 2009. 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. In November 2016, he was presented the NASPA Region VI Scott Goodnight Award for Outstanding Performance as a Dean/Vice-President and subsequently was a co-recipient of the same award at the 99th Annual Conference in March 2017. In November 2017, he received the Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Service to NASPA for Region VI. In March 2019, he received the Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Service to NASPA at the annual conference held in Los Angeles.
On a personal note, Henry is a 1st generation college student, a product of the California Community College system, married, has a son who graduated from Cal Poly Pomona and majored in Landscape Architecture; they have an extremely active daughter who is graduated from California Lutheran University with a major in Communications and Marketing.