Merced College said its convocation keynote speaker will be Jack Scott, chancellor of the California Community College system.
Scott is a former state senator and a former president of two community colleges.
The convocation, scheduled for Friday, Aug. 14 at 9 a.m., will include a State of the College address by Merced College President Benjamin T. Duran. He’ll also present the annual President’s Blue and Gold Award, which recognizes the outstanding department or division of the year. New employees will be introduced, and an introduction to the accreditation process will also be presented.
All convocation activities will be held in the college theater.
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Scott became the 14th chancellor of the California Community Colleges on May 8, 2008. A member of the state legislature since 1996, Dr. Scott was widely recognized for fostering education. He authored 146 bills that were signed into law and was named Legislator of the Year by many organizations throughout the state.
He’s past president of the Association of California Community Colleges Administrators and the former chair of the Accrediting Commission of Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Before being elected to the legislature, Scott was President of Pasadena City College, beginning in 1987. He is a Distinguished Professor of Higher Education at Pepperdine University and is the first person to be named President Emeritus of Pasadena City College. For more information about Scott, visit his Web site at www.cccco.edu.
For more information about convocation, call the Office of Public Affairs at (209) 381-6471.