Department: President's Office
Office Location: Noonan Hall 101
Dr. Hamid Augustine Shirvani is the 10th president of Briar Cliff University. He has worked in the field of higher education for 36 years, with 27 years spent in senior level executive leadership and management posts.
Prior to Briar Cliff, Dr. Shirvani was a Senior Fellow at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in Washington, DC. He served as Chancellor of the North Dakota University System and Professor of Architectural Engineering at the University of North Dakota; President of California State University, Stanislaus and Professor of Art and Architecture; Provost and Executive Vice President at Chapman University and Martha Masters Professor of Art and Architecture; Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research at Queens College of the City University of New York and Professor of Urban Studies; Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and Professor of Philosophy; and Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado at Denver and Professor of Architecture and Urban Design. In addition, he has served on the faculties of the State University of New York at Syracuse and the Pennsylvania State University. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Princeton University, an M.L.A. from Harvard University, an M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and he is a graduate of the Polytechnic of Central London.
Dr. Shirvani is internationally recognized for his contributions to the fields of architecture and urban design and planning. He has authored three books—Design Review Process (1981), The Urban Design Process (1985), Beyond Public Architecture (1990)—as well as several dozen papers in various refereed and professional journals and several dozen papers presented at national and international conferences. His books have been used as major texts in classrooms throughout the United States and abroad. In particular, The Urban Design Process, which has been translated into four languages, is a major classic on the subject. In addition, Dr. Shirvani served as editor and/or on the editorial board of the Journal of Architectural Education (1988-94); Avant Garde (1988-94); Journal of Planning Education and Research (1987-93); Urban Design and Presentation Quarterly (1987-89); Journal of the American Planning Association (1983-85); UD Review (1982-87); and Art and Architecture (1974-78). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences; Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects; Recipient of a Special Commendation by the American Institute of Architects (2003) for his contributions in the fields of architecture and urban design; Recipient of the Seikyo Culture Award of Japan (1999); Recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Soka University of Japan; and he is listed in Who’s Who in the World. He has lectured at 27 international and 48 U.S. universities, several dozen public and private agencies, and numerous professional societies. In 2007 and 2009, Dr. Shirvani was selected as “President of the Year” by the statewide student government body of the 23-campus (430,000 students) California State University system. In 2004, he was awarded the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and was invested as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre. He also was invested as a Knight in the Order of Malta in 2009. Most recently, Rotary International named him the Paul Harris Fellow for his meritorious public service.
Dr. Shirvani has served on the Board of Directors of Competition Inc. and ICMT, Inc.; member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Presidents Council; Chair of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Presidents/Chancellors’ Group; member of the American Council on Education (ACE) Commission on International Initiatives; member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Committee on Professional Development; member of the Executive committee of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC); Commissioner of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education; Chair of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Committee on Economic and Workforce Development; member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP); member of the United Nations Commission for Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution and Peace; and a member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central California (HECCC), the Governing Board of the Stockton Site Authority, the Executive Committee of the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC), the Stanislaus County Children’s Council, the Gallo Center for the Arts, the Modesto Chamber of Commerce, and the Turlock Chamber of Commerce.
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Dr. Shirvani is a distinguished academician and an accomplished leader with impeccable character. Briar Cliff University is extremely fortunate to have him at the helm.
— Moses D. Elam, Physician-in-Chief, Ther Permanente Medical Group, Inc. (Central Valley Area, Calif.)
It has been my privilege to know Ham Shirvani for close to twenty years. He reached out to me when I became the executive director of the Mayor’s Task Force to Restructure CUNY in 1997. At the time Ham was provost, as I recall, at Queens University. He was curious about the goals of the Task Force and wanted to help in any way he could to assist what became a significant plan to restructure the CUNY system. We have kept in touch as we both continued our careers.
What is so distinctive about Ham is his commitment to the liberal arts combined with an ability to connect with both academic and community leaders. I believe his background in architecture, a field that requires both theoretical and practical abilities, stands him in good stead in this regard. Ham is an optimist who listens carefully to colleagues and then puts ideas and people together to pursue common goals for the greater good. He will do that at Briar Cliff University. The presidency is a wonderful fit for the Briar Cliff community’s future and for Ham.
— Roger Benjamin, President, Council for Aid to Education
I cannot think of anyone more qualified, experienced and committed than Dr. Shirvani. His manners, humility and communication skills enable him to relate to the many constituencies that are so critical to the health of an institution. I am confident that Dr. Shirvani would be an outstanding President for Briar Cliff University. He is a good listener and confident builder of a collegial and engaging work environment.
— The Most Rev. George Niederauer, Ph.D., Archbishop Emeritus of San Francisco, Archbishop Emeritus of Salt Lake City
Dr. Shirvani made substantial contributions during his short tenure that will last for many decades. He is a visionary leader who is committed to the highest academic standards and a scholar/administrator with extensive portfolio of accomplishments in higher education.
— Kathleen Neset, President, North Dakota State Board of Higher Education
I am happy to hear that Dr. Shirvani will be taking his leadership skills to Briar Cliff University. He is a dynamic leader and collaborator. It takes a lot of skills to lead University. Having worked with him as a former Trustee I have seen his good work first hand. Congratulations on your choice of Dr. Shirvani.
— Henry Mendoza, Former Trustee, California State University
Briar Cliff University announced today the resignation of Dr. Hamid Shirvani as president of the university.Read Full Article