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Retiring Community Colleges Chancellor to Join CGU

Jack Scott will serve as the School of Educational Studies' Scholar in Residence.

Jack Scott, chancellor of the California Community Colleges from 2009 to 2012, will join Claremont Graduate University (CGU's) School of Educational Studies as a Scholar in Residence for the upcoming academic year.   

As Scholar in Residence, Scott will lead classroom discussions with CGU masters and doctoral students, help launch a certificate program for community college professionals, and deliver three public lectures on pressing education issues. The first lecture, scheduled for Oct. 2, will examine California's disinvestment in higher education.

Scott, who holds a PhD in history from CGU, retires as chancellor of the California Community Colleges effective Sept. 1.

As the chancellor of the nation’s largest system of higher education, he led the 112 colleges through sweeping reforms that made them more responsive to the needs of students and the economy.  

Prior to assuming the chancellor's position, Scott served in the California Senate from 2000 to 2008. He was named Legislator of the Year by the California Federation of Teachers, Association of California Community College Administrators, and California State University.  

He worked as president of Pasadena City College from 1987-95 and Cypress College from 1978-87.

He begins at CGU on Sept. 17.

"Jack is among CGU's most distinguished alumni," said Scott Thomas, dean of CGU's School of Educational Studies. "For decades, he has worked tirelessly on the state’s most vital social and educational issues, and now he's bringing his experience and wisdom back to CGU. He will be an invaluable resource for the CGU community, and we're honored to have him with us here in Claremont."

--Claremont Graduate University

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