Ian Roark

Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development & Innovation,
Pima Community College

Dr. Ian Roark serves as the Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development & Innovation for Pima Community College. As the college’s single point of contact for workforce and economic development initiatives, Ian works with internal and external stakeholders to respond to the workforce needs of businesses and industry, and leads the college-wide alignment to the economic development priorities of the region and state. He also oversees innovation for the college district, including the development and implementation of new models such as micro-pathways, apprenticeships, and Baccalaureate degrees.

Ian holds a Bachelor of Music from Angelo State University, a Master of Education/Educational Leadership from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio. 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 currently serves on the Pima Association of Government Economic Vitality Advisory Committee, Tucson Metro Chamber Board of Directors, Arizona Community College Coordinating Council Workforce & Economic Development Committee, Arizona Association of Economic Development Workforce Development Committee, Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center Executive Committee, Pima County Workforce Investment Board, Sun Corridor Inc. Board of Directors, American Technical Education Association Board of Directors, and more. He also serves as the college’s liaison to local, regional, state, and federal workforce and economic development entities. Ian 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, served as the Steering Committee Lead for Arizona’s Reskilling & Recovery Network Team in 2020, was named to the New America New Models for Career Preparation Advisory Committee in 2021, was selected to be a part of the first Designer in Residence cohort by the Education Design Lab for 2021-2022, and was named to the New America Workforce Transformation Advisory Committee in 2023.