Jason Pistillo

President & CEO
University of Advancing Technology
Tempe, AZ

Jason PistilloJason Pistillo is a second-generation educator steeped in the values of creating higher education opportunities that harness real change and innovation. Jason is a true visionary groomed by a precedent-setting education entrepreneur. Jason’s foresight has been hardened in the trenches of operations, as well as tradition, which has empowered him to become a visionary for the next generation.

Jason has implemented innovative educational models and systems, designed real-time curriculum information structures and best-of-class intake systems, developed innovative curriculums, proved new learning theories and developed more young technology leaders along the way than most with twice his seniority. His commitment to lifelong learning, personal growth and development of his stakeholders culminates in his joy of educating future leaders in the fields of advancing technology.

Jason currently holds a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering and is a graduate of the Ken Blanchard Executive EMBA program at Grand Canyon University.

A Valley Leadership alumnus, Phoenix Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award recipient, Chairman of the State Board of Private Post-Secondary Education, Chairman Emeritus of the Leonardo da Vinci Society for the Study of Thinking, member of the Private Education Research Council, and Director for the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, Jason has been a noteworthy leader in the industry for almost two decades. In his tenure, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) has been transformed into a one-of-a-kind, elite, private university that features world-class degree programs in a technology-rich campus environment.

Jason grew up in Arizona and continues to work on a national and international basis to ensure the quality of the Arizona higher educational model. Jason’s focus is on driving the elite qualities of his school’s graduates by empowering students of UAT to become synonymous with leaders of advancing technology and respected industry wide.

Learn more about Jason: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonpistillo

At a glance:

  • BS Software Engineering, University of Advancing Technology
  • EMBA - Grand Canyon University
  • Phoenix Business Journal 40 under 40
  • Director, APSCU
  • Chairman, AZ State Board of Private Postsecondary Education
  • Board Member, EVIT
  • Chairman, The Leonardo da Vinci Society for the Study of Thinking



PSCUs open doors to many of the 9 million unemployed and 90 million undereducated Americans by providing a skills-based education. To remain competitive over the next decade, we must identify between 8 and 23 million new workers with postsecondary skills. PSCUs are a necessary part of that solution, having produced over 800,000 degrees last year alone.