University of California President Mark G. Yudof has awarded the UC Presidential Medal to Jack Scott, the former state legislator who led the 112 schools of the California Community Colleges as chancellor from 2009 until his retirement in 2012.
Scott Â also served as president of Pasadena City College from 1987 to 1995. The award ceremony took place in Pasadena on Aug. 15
In presenting the Medal to Scott, Yudof said: â€œYour remarkable efforts and achievements as a lawmaker, educator and chancellor expanded opportunities for countless Californians to enhance their lives and pursue their dreams.â€
The Presidential Medal citation reads, in part: â€œâ€¦you have been an ardent and powerful voice for Californiaâ€™s historic Master Plan for Higher Education, fully dedicated to the idea that, by working in partnership, Californiaâ€™s higher education segments have given this state a model for the world to followâ€¦â€
The Presidential Medal, which recognizes extraordinary contributions to the University of California or the community of learning, is the highest honor UCâ€™s president can bestow.
Scott also served in the California State Assembly from 1996 to 2000 and in the State Senate from 2000â€“08.
He holds a Ph.D. in history from Claremont Graduate University and master of divinity from Yale University.