Full Name
Dr. Shah Ardalan
Job Title
Lone Star College - University Park
Speaker Bio
Dr. Shah Ardalan has invested more than 30 years in executive and pivotal roles at prominent community colleges, distinguished universities, and global corporations in North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, and Texas.

Ardalan is considered one of the nation’s top educational visionaries. He has been recognized for his ability to build high-performing teams of thinkers and practitioners and inspire them to innovate, produce results, promote diversity, increase upward mobility, and advance equity.

Ardalan joined the Lone Star College System’s executive team in January 2008. He served as Vice Chancellor, Chief Information Officer, and LSC-University Park’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) prior to becoming LSC-University Park’s founding President in September 2012.

As a servant leader, his focus on empowering faculty and staff to increase student success has resulted in LCS-UP being distinguished as one of the most innovative and fastest growing community colleges in the country.

Ardalan serves and supports many community, civic, and professional causes and organizations. His contributions to education, students, and workforce are mentioned in more than 100 national and international articles, case studies, books, and conferences.

Recognized as one of the most innovative college presidents in the nation, Ardalan has received numerous awards, accolades, and funding from elected officials, progressive organizations, and industry leaders honoring his transformational leadership in student access and success and his unwavering commitment to diversity and the community’s prosperity.

Ardalan holds a doctoral degree in Community College Leadership from Roueche Graduate Center of National American University at Austin, Texas. His 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.
Dr. Shah Ardalan