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20110401_ha_higher_ed6837_jack_scott.JPGJack Scott, California's community college chancellor for the past three years, announced Tuesday that he will retire on Sept. 1.

Scott, a former communtiy college administrator and Democratic state legislator, revealed his retirement plans to the system's statewide board of trustees and said he and his wife, Lacreta, "plan to return to our home in the Pasadena-area. We will enjoy travel and visiting with family and friends."

Scott, 78, said he will do some consulting, but "mainly, retirement will be a time to take it easy after a 58-year career."

Scott, who had been president of Pasadena City College, won an Assembly seat in 1996 and moved to the Senate for two terms in 2000.

PHOTO CREDIT: Jack Scott, chancellor of California Community Colleges, talks about the effects of budget cuts on students during a higher ed advocacy day in the state Capitol on Tuesday, April 5, 2011. Hector Amezcua / Sacramento Bee



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