Dr. Ian Roark

Dr. Ian Roark

With 21 years of education experience, Dr. Ian Roark has served as a secondary-level music and social studies teacher, secondary assistant principal, K-12 central administrator, community college dean, and community college vice president. Ian currently serves as the Vice President of Workforce Development & Strategic Partnerships 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 guide the college’s alignment to the economic development priorities of the region and state. 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 holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Angelo State University, a Master of Education/Educational Leadership from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (with professional educator certifications in Social Studies, Music, English as a Second Language, Principal, and Superintendent), and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Ian joined Odessa College in 2010 as the Dean of Career, Technical and Workforce Education, becoming the Executive Dean in 2014 with an emphasis on external relations with business and industry and new program development. He led a successful restructuring of Odessa College’s technical/workforce programs, resulting in near-record enrollments and reversing a downward trend. During his tenure, OC’s CWTE division had student certificate, degree and licensure attainment rates that were twice the Texas average, and received record levels of awards from government and corporate grants/donations. In addition, Ian led the effort to earn a commission and supporting grant to open one of four Career and Technical Education Early College High Schools in Texas.

Serving Pima Community College since March of 2015, Ian has increased PCC’s responsiveness to the needs of businesses and industry and helped align the college’s programs to the workforce and economic development priorities of the region. He also oversees the Workforce & Continuing Education Division, which serves nearly 6,000 students on an annual basis in workforce education, transfer, and continuing education programs. Ian has served on Pima’s Educational Master Plan committee and is on the Strategic Planning committee responsible for carrying out multiple college-wide strategic goals and initiatives. He has led the reformation of the Workforce Business Development team to be a comprehensive workforce & economic development engagement team; increased enrollment in the Workforce Development Division to completely offset multiple years of enrollment decline; and all revenue generating programs out of an era of annual deficits to sustainability and net contribution to the College. Ian also led the development and implementation of the College’s comprehensive Prior Learning Assessment regimen, Business & Industry Advisory Committee reformation initiative, implementation of stackable credentials in all CTE programs, and the comprehensive alignment of programs to meet industry needs under our Centers for Excellence initiative and strategic plan goals.

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 (Chair); Arizona Association of Economic Development Government Affairs Committee, Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center Executive Committee; the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona’s ELDER Alliance Leadership Council, 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, and was selected as a Designer in Residence by the Education Design Lab for 2021-2022.

Ian has been married to his awesome wife, Landi, who is an exemplary public school teacher, for 23 years. They have two children; a fun-loving, witty, and athletic son who is 14; and an artistic, mathematical, and scientific daughter, who is 18 and is attending Arizona State University. Together, they enjoy road trips, watching movies, and backyard cookouts. Ian’s favorite activities include hiking, camping, and writing and playing music.