Louis Albert

Professor of Practice
TEMPE Campus


Prior to his appointment as a professor of practice at Arizona State University, Louis S. Albert served as president of Pima Community College‚Äôs West campus in Tucson, Arizona (2003-2015). He joined Pima following five years as vice chancellor for educational services at the San Jose Evergreen Community College District.    

From 1982-1998, Professor Albert served as vice president of the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) in Washington, DC. At AAHE, he was responsible for organizing the annual AAHE National Conference on Higher Education, and for developing special initiatives that focused on K-12/college partnerships, service-learning, and technology.     

Prior to his work at AAHE, Professor Albert was a faculty member and founding chair of the Division of Allied Health at Essex Community College in Maryland. He has also held part-time faculty positions at the University of Maryland-College Park, Johns Hopkins University, The Iowa State University, and the University of Denver.  

Professor Albert serves as a trustee and senior advisor for the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. He served as vice chair of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Foundation (2012-2019). From 2004-2010, he was a member of the Campus Compact National Board (a consortium of nearly 1,200 college and university presidents who support the civic mission of higher education). In Tucson, Professor Albert is a past board chair for the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. He also served as a board member and chair for the Tucson and Pima County Metropolitan Education Commission.  

In 2001, he was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa) from Cuttington University in the West African nation of Liberia.


  • Ph.D. Higher Education, University of Maryland-College Park 
  • M.S. Zoology, University of Maryland-College Park
  • B.S. Biology, Loyola College (now University of Maryland)

Research Interests

  • Civic learning
  • Community College leadership
  • International education


Fall 2021
Course Number Course Title
HED 689 Leadership in Higher Education
Summer 2021
Course Number Course Title
HED 689 Leadership in Higher Education
Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
HED 689 Leadership in Higher Education
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
HED 634 The American Community College
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
TEL 705 Systems Change and Leadership

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