Photo of student service volunteersThe San Diego City College Office of Student Services oversees, and is committed to providing an array of comprehensive programs and services that support the recruitment, retention, transition and academic success of City College students. In collaboration with our instructional colleagues, the Office of Student Services provides a holistic student-centered environment that bridges coursework to transfer objectives and 21st century career goals. We are further committed to ensuring that our student support services represent the diverse needs and broad interests of our campus populations and the larger San Diego community.

Our Mission

San Diego City College Student Services mission is to inspire, empower and support our students to excel in their intellectual, social, and cultural development to enhance student goal completion.


  • Excellence in Student-Centered Programs & Services
  • Enhanced Visibility of Student Services Departments, Programs & Services
  • Establishing a Culture of Evidence with Measurable Outcomes.


Photo of Denise Whisenhunt

Denise Whisenhunt, J.D., is an innovative leader with more than 20 years of administrative and leadership experience in the community college system. She currently serves as the vice president of student services, providing vision and support to implement and sustain strategies that impact student success. In her position, she is responsible for the leadership of the college's comprehensive student services division, with an emphasis on student focused experiences from outreach to graduation.  Prior to this role, she previously led the college as interim president in the midst of transition and accreditation.  Her administrative positions have also included interim vice president of student services at San Diego Mesa College, dean of student affairs at San Diego City College, and as the associate dean of outreach for the San Diego Community College District. She has dedicated much of her professional career working with underserved and underprepared populations, with a focus on increasing access and opportunities through equity based practices to help students reach their goals.  She is recognized for the development of innovative programs and systems, leveraging traditional and alternative resources through collaborative and integrated efforts to support student achievement.

She holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California, San Diego and a J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America.  She is actively involved in state and local leadership.  Among her involvements include serving on the board of directors of the Monarch School, a transformational K-12 school designed to educate homeless youth.


Administrative Learning Outcomes

Outcome: CQI for Planning

The Vice President of Student Services provides leadership  and support to promote program review and other tools for planning and evaluation to ensure continuous, quality improvement for all areas in student services by working actively with faculty, staff and students to work with their units

Outcome: Applying for grants and resources in Student Services

The Vice President of Student Services will encourage student services unit to seek responsible, alternative funding and innovation to promote budget efficiencies to meet student services objective.

Outcome: Professional Development Training

The Student Services Vice President provides leadership to ensure that staff participates in professional development activities to improve the quality of services to promote student success with a focus on equity, and student success


The Student Services Vice President will provide leadership and focus through planning and support, focused on student access, success and equity in the Student Services to increase student outcomes.

Contact Us:

Vice President of Student Services
Denise Whisenhunt
Phone (619) 388-3464

Administrative Secretary
Desiree van Saanen
Phone (619) 388-3464

Location: Room: A-222



Downloadable PDF of Student Services Directory listing