The chancellor of California Community Colleges plans to step down as head of the nation's largest system of higher education.
Jack Scott said Tuesday that he will retire on Sept. 1, after nearly six decades in higher education and public service.
Since becoming chancellor in January 2009, Scott has helped the 112-campus community college system weather deep cuts in state funding that led to fee increases, course cuts and reduced enrollment.
The 78-year-old Scott has also focused on making it easier for community college students to transfer to the University of California and California State University systems.
He previously spent 12 years in the state Legislature, where he chaired the Senate Committee on Education. Before that he served as president of Pasadena City College and Cypress College.