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Ian Roark

Pima Community College

Dr. Ian R. Roark serves as the Vice President of Workforce Development & Strategic Partnerships for Pima Community College.  He is dedicated to collective impact partnerships, community college innovation, the future of work, early college programs, and business and industry engagement, with an emphasis on learner access, success, and upward mobility.

Ian serves on a number of boards and committees, and was named to the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence for 2019-2020, received the Workforce Development Practitioner of the Year Award from the Arizona Association for Economic Development in 2019, named Steering Committee Lead for Arizona’s Reskilling & Recovery Network Team in 2020, and joined the New America New Models for Career Preparation Advisory Committee in 2021.

Ian has been married for 22 years to his awesome wife, who is an exemplary public school teacher, and they have two teenage children.  Together, they enjoy road trips, watching movies, and backyard cookouts. Ian’s favorite activities include hiking, camping, and writing and playing music.

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