Denise Whisenhunt Selected as Aspen Presidential Fellow


Voice & Viewpoint Newswire

Vice President of Student Services Denise Whisenhunt of San Diego City College has been selected by the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program to join the 2019-2020 class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, a leadership program aimed at preparing the next generation of community college presidents to transform institutions to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success, both in college and in the labor market.

Denise Whisenhunt, J.D., is an innovative leader with nearly 18 years of administrative and leadership experience in the community college system. Her prior administrative positions include: interim president at San Diego City College, interim vice president of student services at San Diego Mesa College, dean of student affairs at San Diego City College, and the associate dean of outreach for San Diego Community College District. She has dedicated much of her professional career to working in underserved communities, with a focus on increasing access and opportunities to help students reach their goals.

“We at San Diego City College are so proud of Denise for being selected for this prestigious fellowship,” said Dr. Ricky Shabazz, president of San Diego City College. “Her passion for serving students and furthering our mission of providing access to higher education will only be enhanced from participating in the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program.”

Whisenhunt and the 39 other Aspen Presidential Fellows will embark on a 10-month fellowship beginning in July 2019. Whisenhunt was selected through a rigorous and competitive selection process. Fellows will learn from national experts about ways to harness data to assess student success outcomes, strategies for internal change leadership, and how to create strong external partnerships with K-12 schools, four-year colleges, and employers.


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