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President's Bio

Dr. Shah S. Ardalan
President, LSC-University Park

Dr. Shah Ardalan is Lone Star College-University Parkís first President and a member of the Lone Star College Systemís Executive Council. Prior to becoming President in September 2012, Ardalan served as LSC-University Parkís Chief Executive Officer (CEO). LCS-UP is recognized as one of the most innovative community colleges in the country.

Dr. Ardalan holds a doctoral degree in Community College Leadership from Roueche Graduate Center of National American University at Austin, Texas.  Other academic credentials include a Masterís degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University, a Bachelorís degree in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC and multiple diplomas and certificates from University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and Harvard University.

In February 2008, Ardalan was named Lone Star College Systemís Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer.  Focused on student success, Ardalan pioneered the restructuring of all Lone Star College Systemís IT operations, resources, and services.

Before joining Lone Star College System, Ardalan invested 20 years in both educational and executive roles at leading community college and university systems in North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, and Texas.

Throughout his career, Ardalan has been recognized for his grand visionary ability and bringing together other thinkers and achievers to fulfill a vision to help students reach their goals.  That collaborative spirit and leadership has led Lone Star College-University Park to grow from 3,600 to over 13,000 students in five years.