CSU Names Senator Jack Scott Legislator of the Year

Contact: Clara Potes-Fellow, (562) 951-4806, cpotes-fellow@calstate.edu

(March 20, 2006) – Senator Jack Scott (D-Pasadena) has been selected as Legislator of the Year by the California State University system. Scott will receive the award on Monday, March 20, 2006, during the CSU’s annual Legislative Day luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento.

The CSU’s students, alumni, board of trustees, chancellor, and the 23 campus presidents will honor Scott for his work in support of higher education as chair of the Senate Committee on Education, which considers all legislative measures dealing with K-12 education and the state colleges and universities.

“Senator Scott truly deserves recognition as CSU Legislator of the Year,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. “He authored and played an integral role in passing legislation last session allowing CSU campuses to offer the Doctorate in Education degree.”

Jack Scott is the State Senator from the 21st District, which includes Pasadena, Glendale, and Burbank, a portion of the city of Los Angeles, and other surrounding cities and communities. Senator Scott was elected to the Senate in 2000.

Prior to serving in the Senate, Senator Scott was a state assemblyman from 1996 to 2000.

“I'm honored to have been selected as 'Legislator of the Year' by the California State University,” said Senator Scott. “These past few years, my staff and I have worked closely with CSU on legislation to increase student access to the University and to help train future educational leaders. California depends upon an educated workforce and we must adequately prepare our students, or risk losing our competitive edge. This is the challenge facing us now and in the future, and I look forward to working with CSU to meet this challenge.”

The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, 405,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded about 2 million degrees, about 84,000 annually. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. See www.calstate.edu

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Last Updated: March 20, 2006

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