Former college chancellor to discuss state of higher education in CA

Jack Scott, scholar in residence in Claremont Graduate University’s School of Educational Studies and chancellor of the California Community Colleges from 2009-2012, will deliver this year’s 29th annual Howard R. Bowen Lecture on Tuesday, October 2.

Mr. Scott’s talk will focus on how California’s higher education system has gone from being a world leader to being one of the country’s most challenged over the span of 40 years. This will not be another lamentation; Mr. Scott promises to provide thoughts on how the state can reclaim its once globally envied system.

For the past 3 years, Mr. Scott led the state’s 112 community colleges through sweeping reforms. Prior to assuming the chancellor’s position, he served in the California State Senate (2000-2008) and as president of Pasadena City College (1987-95) and Cypress College (1978-87).

Mr. Scott holds a PhD in history from Claremont Graduate University and a master’s of divinity from Yale University. The Bowen Lecture is an annual fall lectureship on higher education delivered by leading scholars and practitioners in the field.

The talk will begin at 7 p.m. in Albrecht Auditorium, 925 N. Dartmouth Ave. in Claremont. It is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.


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