Shouan Pan, Ph.D., former dean of Student Life at Community College of Philadelphia, recently was named the sixth president of Mesa Community College in Arizona.
Pan assumed his new duties in mid-February with the unanimous approval of the Maricopa Community Colleges governing board. Mesa Chancellor Rufus Glasper recommended Pan as his top choice after visiting Broward County Community College’s South Campus, where Pan served as provost. Glasper said Pan’s “commitment to and experience in higher education, his expressed desire to lead MCC and his understanding of our world today” were deciding factors in his selection.
Pan, a naturalized American citizen, came to the United States from China in 1985 as part of an exchange program to the University of Pittsburgh. He never returned home, but went on to earn graduate degrees at Colorado State University and Iowa State University.
“I am being entrusted with the leadership of a wonderful college. I accept this trust with much humility … and a great sense of honor,” Pan recently told an assembly at Mesa Community College.
Pan brings 25 years of experience in community college leadership to his new post at Mesa. In addition to serving as dean of Student Life at Community College of Philadelphia, he also served as assistant professor of Educational Psychology at Northern Arizona University and Central Arizona College, and executive and dean of Instruction and Student Services at Florida Community College before he became provost at Broward’s South Campus in 2003.
In China, Pan was assistant professor and the assistant director of International Education at Hefei Polytechnic University. He also has received numerous educational honors and awards and is involved in many professional groups and community organizations.