Past Alumni Profiles

Danny Henderson

Danny Henderson

OC Class of: 1979

Current Residence: Edmond, OK

Occupation: Vice President for Human Resources

Employer/Company: Oklahoma City Community College

Employer/Company Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Family Info: Married to the former Julie Kimbrough of Hugo, OK (OC '84); two daughters - Elizabeth (OC '15 and current OC Admissions Counselor) and Emily (current Nursing major at OC)

  • Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications (Radio/TV)
Advanced Education
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Communication, Dept of Communications, University of Oklahoma, 1988

OC Clubs/Activities:

  • Beta Chi Omega (President 78-79)
  • Circle-K
  • Inter-Club Council (President 78-79)
  • Other OC Activities: Project Germany Campaigns (78-79), Student Council, Spring Sing
Professional Experience: 1st Full-Time job after OC: Teller, Liberty National Bank (drive-in) at NW 3rd & Broadway before becoming an OCC Admissions Counselor from June 1980 - May 1984. Went to Munich, Germany with a LET'S START TALKING team and remained to follow up with the contacts made and further develop a youth and singles group, to complement the work being done at the Laim congregation by Clyde and Gwen Antwine from 1984-86. I returned to OK in June 1986 and began working on MA at OU in Organizational Communication which was completed in 1988. After teaching for the Fall Semester in the Department of Communication at OU, I began my Federal career in January 1989. I held positions related to personnel management in U.S. Office of Personnel Management; Department of Justice/Bureau of Prisons; Internal Revenue Service; U.S. Air Force at multiple organizational levels including Headquarters Air Force in the Pentagon; Defense Commissary Agency; and the Department of Defense where I recently retired as the Civilian Staffing Policy Division Chief, Defense Civilian Personnel Advisory Service, in Washington D.C. after 28 plus years of service. I began a new career with higher education as the Vice President for Human Resources at Oklahoma City Community College on June 5, 2017.

Volunteer Efforts:

Participating on local congregations' Praise Teams; Elder at Eastside Church of Christ in Colorado Springs; School Board member at Pikes Peak Christian School; Bible class teacher; assisting in various natural disasters impacting some of the communities where we have lived.

Biggest Challenge/Greatest Achievement:

Finding the right balance between family, church, work, and civic activities - still trying to figure it out!

Being able to ascend to a position of senior leadership in the Department of Defense in service to our great Nation--which is second to being a husband and father!

Professional/Personal Goals:

I continue to seek opportunities for serving and providing leadership not only in my daily responsibilities at work but also being the kind of a Christian example in our community and state. It is also humbling to mentor and listen to challenges others are encountering in any leadership role and assist as needed. We are excited about being back in Oklahoma and to be active in a place that has done so much for our family.

Best Advice for OC Students:

1) Get involved and take advantage of international travel opportunities; 2) Develop and continue to improve on writing and speaking skills.  The ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing, enhances one's success in any job or occupation.  3) Take on the hard tasks and jobs; they take one out of his/her comfort zone to grow in ways never imagined.

Why I Love OC:  I transferred to OC(C) after attending LSU in Baton Rouge my freshman year.  I loved my time at OC because it allowed me so many opportunities to grow spiritually, academically, and socially that I otherwise would not have had.  I will always be grateful for the many leadership roles I was given in my social service club and other campus activities.  Those experiences have benefited me in my life as a husband, father, church leader and a 28-year career as a Federal employee.