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President's Bio

Shah S. Ardalan
President, LSC-University Park

Shah Ardalan is the first president of Lone Star College-University Park. Prior to becoming president in 2012, he had served as Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Lone Star College System and CEO of LSC-University Park. Ardalan has dedicated his career to the U.S. education system by investing over 25 years into the lives of students, faculty and staff. During these years, Ardalan has served in pivotal and executive roles at $12B Corporation and premier community college and university systems.

Ardalan discovered his passion for students and higher education as an instructor in 1989 and advanced his career to research associate, director of business development, special assistant to president, associate vice president, vice president, and chief information officer. He joined Lone Star College System as vice chancellor and CIO in January 2008. During the past 25 years, Ardalan has touched the lives of an estimated 800,000 students through the transformative positions he has been privileged to serve. 

Ardalan has set many national benchmarks and standards for student outcomes, processes, and educational improvements. The passion and vision created by these award winning national benchmarks has made Ardalan a highly sought after speaker and innovator at national higher education-related conferences and organizations such as League for Innovation, EDUCAUSE, IMS Global Consortium, Campus Technology, The White House Office of Science and Technology, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the American Association of Community Colleges, and College Board. In 2011, he was named one of “America’s Top Educational Innovators” by the Center for Digital Education and Converge.

Ardalan’s visionary leadership and insightful inspirations have resulted in national and global recognitions for him and his team.  Awards include: 2011 recipient of Texas Association of Community Colleges’ Carl Nelson Leadership Award; 2012 U.S. Department of Education’s National Student Innovative Business Start-up Challenge; 2012 and 2013 Campus Technology Innovation of the Year Awards, and 2015 Houston Business Journal’s Fastest Growing College.  Ardalan has been featured and published in over 100 national and international publications including the Chronicle of Higher Education, CIO Magazine, Campus Technology, Community College Weekly, Inside Higher Ed, and University Business. In March of 2015, Inside Higher Ed called Ardalan a pioneer in growth strategies and student outcomes, while featuring him in a global webinar and published eBook. Ardalan’s innovative vision and collaborative spirit have allowed Lone Star College-University Park to grow from a 3,600-students center to a fully accredited comprehensive college with over 11,000 students in just four years.

Ardalan has been active in one of the fastest growing communities in the nation and serves on the Board of Directors of the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, and is the Immediate Past Chair of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce. He has also served as Honorary Co-Chair of Houston’s Citizenship Month, Co-Chair of the American Heart Association-Heart Walk, and Small Business Today Magazine’s Advisory Board. Ardalan’s professional committee service include North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, and Texas Systems of higher education; LEARN Board of Directors, IMS Global Board of Directors, Texas Repertory Theater Board of Trustees, the National Alliance for Community and Technical Colleges (NACTC) Executive Board, EDUCAUSE, and College Board’s Community College Advisory Panel. Ardalan’s academic credentials include a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC.  He also holds several diplomas and certificates from University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and Harvard University. A true believer in life-long learning, Ardalan is working on his doctoral degree in Community College Leadership.