March 2018 SIM Member Monthly Meeting
"A Model for the Innovative College of 21st Century"
The changing role of community college deeply impacts higher education in the U.S. Community colleges enroll nearly half of all U.S. undergraduates, and are essential for workforce training and continuing education. Lone Star College is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and among the nation’s fastest-growing community colleges.
Students depend on Lone Star College for associate degrees, certifications to work in high-demand industries, and preparation for university transfer. Lone Star College program offerings support a range of industry sectors in the Houston area, supplying employers with the skilled workers needed to make businesses more productive.
Generously Sponsored by:
Dr. Shah S. Ardalan
President, LSC-University Park
Dr. Shah Ardalan is Lone Star College-University Park’s first President and a member of the Lone Star College System’s Executive Council. Prior to becoming President in September 2012, Ardalan served as LSC-University Park’s 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 Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University, a Bachelor’s 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 System’s Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer. Focused on student success, Ardalan pioneered the restructuring of all Lone Star College System’s 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.