Yuba Community College District’s

New Chancellor

The Yuba Community College District (YCCD) Board of Trustees announced the selection of Shouan Pan, Ph.D., as the next chancellor. At its regularly scheduled meeting on April 13, the Board voted unanimously to approve Dr. Pan’s contract.  He will join the District on June 15, 2023.

“Dr. Pan brings a wealth of experience to YCCD as a chancellor, college president, provost, administrator, and professor.  He is a recognized community college leader, with significant teaching, student services, and administrative experience in diverse community college settings. He understands that increasing access to education and workforce development transforms lives, families, and communities. The YCCD Board of Trustees invites and welcomes Dr. Pan’s partnership in collaboratively advancing our shared goals for student success,” said Juan Delgado, Board president.

Dr. Pan expressed his appreciation, “I am deeply honored to be selected by the students, faculty, staff, and the Board of Trustees as the next chancellor of the YCCD. I am particularly grateful for the trust and confidence that the District Board of Trustees has in my passion for the community college mission, my experience, and my commitment to expanding postsecondary educational attainment for citizens, particularly those from the historically under-served communities, within YCCD’s vast service areas. YCCD has been and will continue to be a powerful force for education and workforce training for over 90 years. I look forward to becoming embedded in the District’s diverse communities and working collaboratively with the Board, the dedicated faculty and staff, and community partners to elevate YCCD’s services and broaden its community impact. Together, we can be better, stronger, and more effective.”

Dr. Pan comes to YCCD from Washington State, where he served as chancellor of the Seattle Community Colleges.  Over the last six years in this role, Dr. Pan led the integration of Human Resource, IT, Web services, International Education, eLearning, and corporate training and initiated the Seattle Promise program that is recognized locally and nationally as a model of equitable student success. Under his leadership, the Seattle Colleges Foundation raised a record amount of funds in support of students and Equity Diversity and Inclusion priorities. In concert with community and corporate partners, the Seattle Community Colleges initiated five non-credit micro-pathway programs, new associate degrees in Fire Sciences, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

Before leading the Seattle Community Colleges as chancellor, Dr. Pan served as president of Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona. His other executive roles have included: 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.

Dr. 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 the Board of Trustees, institutional and community stakeholders in formulating a common vision and building consensus on strategic and operational decisions. His professional success is evidenced in his strong track record of improving student success; building collaborative partnerships with educational institutions, businesses, and civic organizations to further institutional goals and community economic development; and securing external resources.

He has also been actively engaged in higher education at local, state, and national levels, including membership in the American Association of Community Colleges, and Association of Community College Trustees. In addition, he has served on the boards of the National Asian Pacific Islander Council, Campus Compact, Chair Academy, and Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County. He received several honors and awards, including the Award by the League for Innovation in the Community College, Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction by the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, and Veora E. Johnson Spirit of Unity MLK Award by the Mesa MLK Jr. Celebration Committee.

Born and raised in Mainland China, Dr. 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 in English from Hefei Polytechnic University, RP China.