Seher Awan

2021-22 Aspen New Presidents Fellow
Seher Awan is a passionate educator, administrator, and advocate. A community college graduate, she began her career as an hourly staff member at College of the Canyons. She earned a contract classified position in EOPS/CARE & CalWORKs, falling in love with the transformational change that occurs through the community college system. She served some of the most disadvantaged and underrepresented populations and has continued to build on her passion for helping others during her tenures at San Jose City College and Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. Awan earned a business administration, an MBA, a masters of public administration and a Ph.D. in organizational leadership.

In 2014, Awan was hired as vice president of Administrative Services for San Diego City College. With her career beginnings in student services, she brought a unique approach to finance and administrative services. At San Diego City College, she served in her role as vice president of administrative services, guiding the College through new processes, participatory governance, and integrating a student success approach towards operations. In 2018, Awan became the youngest California Community College president at 32. Joining the Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC) team as president, Awan jumped in with enthusiasm and a focus on student-centered care. She has over sixteen years of experience in education as an administrator and instructor, with a strategic focus on equity and social justice, empowering the most underserved communities through education.