Longtime higher education leader and former state legislator Dr. Jack Scott visited College of the Canyons on Friday, speaking with the college’s aspiring leaders.
Scott was the keynote speaker for Friday’s Leadership Education in Action Program (LEAP) class. The former chancellor of California community colleges spent two hours sharing hard-won lessons in leadership with LEAP participants during a special breakfast event in the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center.
“College of the Canyons is a remarkable place, it’s had phenomenal growth, and people here are always excited,” Scott said. “It’s just great to come and share a little of my own experience with this group right here. I sense the energy and it rubs off.”
College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook said it was a unique opportunity for the campus community to learn from someone with such a remarkable record of public service.
“Jack is the only person in California to serve as a community college president, legislator, and statewide chancellor,” she said. “His influence on the growth and development of our community colleges cannot be understated. As a system, we would not be what we are today without his leadership, vision, and focus on doing what’s best for students.”
Prior to serving as chancellor and leading the nation’s largest system of higher education from 2008 to 2012, Scott served 12 years in the California Legislature. He saw 146 of his bills signed into law during two terms in the Assembly and two terms in the Senate.
Scott began his career in the California community colleges in 1973 when he became dean of instruction at Orange Coast College. He served as president of Cypress College from 1978 to 1987 and Pasadena City College from 1987 to 1995. He is currently a scholar in residence at Claremont Graduate University, where he earned his doctorate in American History.
Founded in 2008, LEAP was created to develop leadership skills among the college’s administrators, faculty and classified staff.
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