Dr. James E. Scott, a native of Albion, Michigan, spent his career teaching and serving others. He began his career as a high school teacher and guidance counselor in the Willow Run, Michigan, Public School System. From 1972 to 1976, he was Assistant Dean of Students at Eastern Michigan University. He then served as Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Office of Campus Life at Eastern Michigan until 1981. Dr. Scott had been Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Florida since September 1999 but actually began his connection with UF more than 20 years ago.
He first came to UF in 1981 as Dean of Students, a position he would hold for 12 years. He quickly gained a reputation as someone students could trust. In 1993, he left UF to become Vice President for Student Services at Georgia State University but returned to UF six years later as Vice President for Student Affairs.
Dr. Scott was widely known for his down-toearth personality and ability to work easily with professional colleagues and students alike. During his tenure at UF, he was a strong advocate for student responsibility. Many former students remember him as an excellent mentor. He also earned high praise for his help in guiding the university through one of its toughest periods -- the 1990 murders of five local college students, four of whom were enrolled at UF.
Dr. Scott received his bachelor’s degree in history from Eastern Michigan University in 1969 and his master’s degree in guidance and About James E. Scott counseling in 1971 also from Eastern Michigan. He earned a doctorate from the University of Michigan’s Center for the Study of Higher Education in 1978 and did postdoctoral studies at Harvard University in 1988.
Dr. Scott was active both regionally and nationally in the student affairs profession through a variety of organizations including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
During his many years as a professional at the University of Florida and at Georgia State University, he valued and promoted staff and professional development opportunities for his colleagues.
In honor and in memory of his legacy, the James E. Scott Professional Development Fellowship at the University of Florida has been established.