Biography of Shawn Chen



1982 Chongqing University, Bachelor of Science Degree

1987 Willamette University, Masters Degree (Education)

1990 University of California, Los Angeles, MBA

2005 Harvard University, Special Certificate Program for University



Professional ExI) erience

1989 - 1990 Program Coordinator, UCLA

1991 - 1994 President, The Hanks Group, Inc.

1995 - Present President, Sias Group, Inc.

1998 - Present Chairman / CEO, Sias International University

2008 - Present Chairman, Brenda Institute of Technology


Educated in both China and the United States, Shawn Chen's career has embraced education, business, and entrepreneurism in both countries. His business ventures include the hospitality industry and a steel door manufacturing business that sells its products in both China and the United States.


In 1998, with the approval of the State Degree Office in China, Shawn Chen founded Sias International University, an innovative educational institution through which students, leaders, and scholars from both East and West can rneet and profit frorn an exchange of ideas expressed in both Chinese and English. Located in Henan Province near the City of Zhengzhou in Central China, Sias International University now has a student population of over 20,000 and has graduated almost 21,000 seniors.


As Founder / Chairman of the University, Chen is solely responsible for financing, planning, implementation and assessment of the university's overall operations.


Awards and Recognition

Shawn Chen has received many awards from both educational institutions and the governments of China and the United States. Recent recognition includes Resolutions and Commendations from the Ministry of Education in China, the provincial government of Henan Province, the Governor of Kansas, the Mayor and City Council of Los Angeles, the Missouri State Legislature, and the Arizona State Legislature.


He is regularly selected by both provincial and national government officials in China to lead cultural and trade delegations throughout the United States. He has also led League of California Cities elected officials and Mayoral associations on trade missions throughout China.