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Remarks by Dr. Charles B. Reed
Chancellor, California State University
Jack Scott Retirement Dinner
Sacramento, CA
August 15, 2012

Good evening. It's a pleasure to be here to honor such a valued colleague.

Jack represents the very best of what a higher education leader should be. He is a scholar, a leader – sometimes a preacher - and most importantly, a collaborator.

Jack is the kind of person whom you can talk with, reason with…and create a plan for action. He approaches each problem with clear thinking, and he gets to the heart of the matter quickly.

What makes him especially valuable is that he understands politics. He knows what's viable in Sacramento, and what it takes to get to a solution.

Jack was a key partner in helping to pass SB 1440 to create our new transfer degree program, which is easing the way for thousands of students to transfer from a community college to the California State University.

Jack was also a key partner in helping the CSU create an education doctorate. There are those who said it couldn't be done, but with Jack's assistance, we were able to make it a reality.

And Jack continues to be a key partner here in Sacramento, where we have all been working on behalf of California's Master Plan and funding for higher education.

Throughout his career, Jack has been a tireless advocate for education and a champion for students. He has demonstrated a clear vision for the future of the community colleges, and he has provided inspiration for thousands of students.

In short, Jack is a one-of-a-kind leader. He will be greatly missed.

Congratulations, Jack, and best wishes to you and Lacreta for a very happy retirement.