Scholar in Residence Jack Scott awarded UC Presidential Medal

Monday, August 19, 2013

Jack Scott, scholar in residence in Claremont Graduate University (CGU's) School of Educational Studies, has received the University of California's Presidential Medal for his lifelong commitment to public education.

Photo of UC President Mark Yudof and Jack Scott
Mark G. Yudof and Jack Scott

The Presidential Medal, which recognizes extraordinary contributions to the University of California or the community of learning, is the highest honor the UC’s president can bestow. Scott received the medal from UC President Mark G. Yudof during a ceremony on Aug. 15.

“Your remarkable efforts and achievements as a lawmaker, educator, and chancellor expanded opportunities for countless Californians to enhance their lives and pursue their dreams,” Yudof told Scott.

Scott served in the California State Assembly from 1996 to 2000 and in the State Senate from 2000 to 2008. He led the 112 schools of the California Community Colleges as chancellor from 2009 until his retirement in 2012. He also served as president of Pasadena City College (1987-95) and Cypress College (1978-87).

His Presidential Medal citation, reads, in part: "you have been an ardent and powerful voice for California’s historic Master Plan for Higher Education, fully dedicated to the idea that, by working in partnership, California’s higher education segments have given this state a model for the world to follow.”

Scott holds a PhD in history from Claremont Graduate University and a master’s of divinity from Yale University. He is in his second year as scholar in residence at CGU.

"We are immensely proud of Jack's receiving the UC Presidential Medal," said Scott Thomas, dean of CGU's School of Educational Studies. "His wisdom and wealth of experience continue to importantly enrich the relevance of the work of the school and the university. Jack is an invaluable resource to CGU and we are honored to have him on our faculty."