Regina Henry retired from Oklahoma State University (OSU) in 2021 after serving the institution for 44 years, most recently as coordinator of immigration. She was a NAFSA member-leader throughout most of her career, holding various elected and appointed positions including CAFSS representative to education and training, Annual Conference workshop coordinator and poster fair organizer, Region III chair, and regulatory ombudsperson. A Trainer Corps member for 10 years, Henry was a regular workshop organizer and presenter at state, regional, and national conferences. Her contributions to the Core Education Program (CEP) extended beyond training to updating and revising the CEP workshop curriculum and materials. She has shared her knowledge and expertise with colleagues through countless session presentations, which frequently focused on immigration regulations but also addressed orientation, volunteer and reentry programs, public assistance, and nonresident tax issues. Henry's honors for mentoring fellow international educators include the Region III Certificate of Service to International Education and the NAFSA Knowledge Community for International Student and Scholar Services Award of Excellence. OSU has endowed the Regina Henry Scholarship to ensure that her impact on the university’s international students, faculty, and scholars continues beyond her retirement. Since retirement, Regina has volunteered with the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corp, assisting at COVID-19 vaccine sites. In 2021 Regina was honored with NAFSA Life Membership, upon her retirement from Oklahoma State University. NAFSA Life Membership is awarded each year to NAFSAns in recognition of their career achievements in advancing the goals of the Association and of international education and exchange. Life Membership awarded by the Board of Directors in recognition of service to NAFSA upon retirement from professional responsibilities in international education and is not awarded automatically to members who attain emeritus status. Life Members receive regular membership privileges and a waiver of annual dues and Annual Conference registration fees.
Regina Henry also received the 2014 KC ISSS Award of Excellence.