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Thursday, April 08, 2010.

California college advocate to speak at Gala

Scott Lay

Scott Lay will be the keynote speaker at the 80th Anniversary Gala slated for 5:30 p.m. April 17 at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds Poppy Pavilion.

For more information call the AVC Institutional Advancement Office, (661) 722-6300, ext. 6391.

Lay has served since 2006 as the president and chief executive officer of the Community College League of California (CCLC), a nonprofit association serving California's 72 community college districts in education and leadership development, district services and governmental relations.

Lay is ideally suited for his advocacy role on behalf of two-year colleges.

After dropping out of high school, he attended Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. There, he got involved as legislative chair of the California Student Association of Community Colleges.

He credits the educators of Orange Coast and the community college system generally for providing him the skills and knowledge he needed to earn a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis and a law degree from UCD's School of Law.

He joined CCLC as an intern while a student at UC Davis.  In law school, 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. In 2000, he completed his law degree and passed the California bar exam.

He chose to be an advocate for community colleges, rather than enter legal practice.

In 2005, the Association of Chief Business Officials named him "Honorary Chief Business Officer" for his work supporting the task force that rewrote the community college funding formula, an effort that has brought significant additional state revenue to Antelope Valley College.