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Henry Shannon, Ph.D. Biography

Henry Shannon has spent more than four decades working as a leader in higher education. As superintendent/president of Chaffey College, he has enhanced and transformed the college’s vision to serve today’s students, ensuring they are provided with the tools necessary to succeed academically and professionally.

Since 2007, Dr. Shannon has provided Chaffey College with mindful and strategic leadership, resulting in a stronger sense of campus community as well as clear goals and objectives. His focus on retention and graduation has yielded the largest graduating classes in Chaffey College history consecutively from 2012-17. In order to achieve this, Dr. Shannon encouraged and empowered campus stakeholders to increase support for students within and outside the classroom. Such collaborations resulted in Chaffey College applying for and receiving millions of dollars in grant funding, implementing accelerated learning opportunities, and introducing new student support programs to further help students turn their academic dreams into reality.

For more than 40 years, Dr. Shannon has worked to ensure all students have the opportunity to improve lives through education and professional development. For this reason, Dr. Shannon remains active on many boards at the national, state, and local levels. Present and past board service includes: San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board, Community College Research Center College Advisory Board, Renewal and Change Board, Growing Inland Achievement Board, California Community Colleges Athletic Association Board, American Association of Community Colleges (chair 2004-2005), American Council on Education, Educational Testing Service Community College Advisory Board, Alliance for Education of San Bernardino County, League for Innovation in the Community Colleges (chair 2006-2007), and local rotary and chamber boards.

Prior to joining Chaffey College, Dr. Shannon served as Chancellor of St. Louis Community College. During his years of service in St. Louis, he was a campus president and the chief student affairs officer. Additionally, Dr. Shannon was a faculty member and administrator at both Harris-Stowe State University and St. Louis University.

Dr. Shannon earned his bachelor’s degree at Harris-Stowe State University. He earned both his master’s and doctorate degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and a management certificate from Harvard University.

He currently resides in the Chaffey College district with his wife Gwendolyn. They have four adult children and nine grandchildren.

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