Dr. Shouan Pan was appointed chancellor of Seattle Colleges in July 2016. Previous executive roles include president of Mesa Community College; provost of Broward College-South Campus; executive dean of Instruction and Student Services at Florida State College at Jacksonville; dean of Student Life at Community College of Philadelphia; and assistant professor of Educational Psychology and Recruitment and Retention Administrator at Northern Arizona University.
Pan centers his leadership and management practices on fulfilling the community college mission and promoting student and community success. He places emphasis on working with institutional and community stakeholders in formulating a common vision and building consensus on strategic and operational decisions.
He is actively engaged at local, state, and national levels, including the American Association of Community Colleges, Campus Compact, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, and numerous community boards. He has received several honors and awards, including the Benedictine Values Award, Paul Elsner International Excellence in Leadership Award, Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction by the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, and the Veora E. Johnson Spirit of Unity MLK Award by the Mesa MLK Jr. Celebration Committee.
Born and raised in Mainland China, Pan immigrated to the United States in 1985. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education from Iowa State University, a Master of Education in College Student Personnel from Colorado State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Hefei Polytechnic University, RP China. He is married to Queenie Chen; they have two sons.