Gigi Do, Ph.D
Dr. Gigi Do served as Executive Director of the Office of International Initiatives for Houston Community College in Texas, where she establishes and oversees the college’s extensive and award-winning ties overseas. In Qatar, Dr. Do successfully launched a new school, the Community College of Qatar, which had the first graduating class in 2012. By the end of the academic year of 2014-2015, Dr. Do continued the success of this partnership with the completion of the fifth graduating class of CCQ where its graduates continued their studies at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Georgetown University, Texas A&M University, and many other American universities.
In Saudi Arabia, she established ties under which HCC administrators helped provide American and Saudi accreditations for an existing school, Riyadh Community College. In Vietnam, she supervised a 14-year partnership with the Saigon Institute of Technology where over 1,500 Vietnamese nationals have graduated with accredited associate degrees. In 2008, she co-hosted a conference in Houston for Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, who praised the HCC-Saigon Tech partnership.
Besides generating revenue for HCC at a time of severe budget cuts, Dr. Do’s outreach provides extensive opportunities for HCC faculty, administrators, and students to work and study abroad, recruitment of incoming international students to help make HCC the number one destination for F1 visa holders for all community colleges in the United States, fulfilling HCC’s goal of globalizing Houston education.
Under Dr. Do’s leadership, HCC’s international initiatives received the 2011 Bellwether Award in the field of global workforce development and the 2011 Andrew Heiskell award for Innovation in International Education. In 2012, Dr. Do was selected recipient of the Chancellor’s Eagle Award as District Administrator of the Year. In November 2015, the New York Times newspaper featured Ms. Do and her global experience and management in the article “A Global Community’s College“.
Dr. Do served in Leadership in Expatriates Crisis Management Team where she helped developed a full-scale risk management plan, policy, and procedures to mitigate the effects of a crisis through pre-planned and scaled responses. Her main expertise is in facilitating appropriate response to a broad array of emergencies for employees abroad.
Dr. Gigi Do obtained her Ph.D. degree for the Higher Education Leadership Program at the University of Texas-Austin. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education, and Honor Society, a recognized national organization. Dr. Do was born in Vietnam, and raised in the United States. She is bilingual in English and Vietnamese.
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Dr. Gigi Do- Executive Director Office of International Initiatives – Houston Community College http://www.hccs.edu/district/about-us/international-initiatives/
On the web:
- AccomplishmentUT-Austin – Doctoral Studies
- Asia Society Advisory Board Member
- Texas Medical Center International Advisory Board Member
- Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit – Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon
- NY Times Article “A Global Community’s College”
- Edutube “Gigi Do presents International Initiatiaves”