2014 Commencement Speaker
President & Chief Executive Officer of the Community College League of California
The 2014 Irvine Valley College (IVC) commencement speaker will be Scott Lay, president and chief executive officer of the Community College League of California. Scott was the selection of the commencement speaker force, which met last spring to make recommendations for this process. IVC’s 2014 commencement ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, May 23 at the Live Oak Terraces.
Scott has served since 2006 at the League, which is the nonprofit association serving California's 72 community college districts in education and leadership development, district services and governmental relations.
He joined the League as an intern while a student at UC Davis in 1995, after serving as legislative chair of the California Student Association of Community Colleges. After dropping out of high school, Scott attended and received an associate in arts from Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. He credits the educators of Orange Coast and the community college system as a whole for providing him the skills and knowledge needed to earn bachelor’s (in public service) and law degrees at UC Davis.
At UC Davis’s Martin Luther King Hall School of Law, he served as president of the Law Students Association, and worked as a research assistant in constitutional law and international economic and legal systems development. Scott graduated from UC Davis Law as a public law scholar, and passed the California bar exam in 2000.
While he chose to continue advocating for community colleges rather than entering legal practice, Scott continues to be involved in the legal community through professional organizations and activities with UC Davis Law School. He is an admitted techno-geek who has founded two websites dedicated to California elections and State Capitol information: AroundTheCapitol.com and ElectionTrack.com. He has been named to lists of 40 of the 40 top civic and business leaders in Sacramento, as well as the top 100 influencers in California politics.
At the League, he has been recognized as a fiscal policy expert and was named an Honorary Chief Business Officer in 2005 by the Association of Chief Business Officials, for his work supporting the task force that rewrote the community college funding formula. He resides in Davis, where he is a “computer geek, avid gardener and wannabe chef.”