Scott was appointed UC Berkeley’s Vice Chancellor – University Relations in December 2006, and led both fundraising and public affairs for the campus. He came to Berkeley in 2002 as Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Scott’s career in fundraising and alumni relations followed several years in banking and began at his alma mater, Rice University in Houston, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in English and Managerial Studies. Scott served as Rice's Associate Vice-President Development/Alumni and as Interim Vice President of University Advancement before becoming Georgetown's Associate Vice President for University Development. In October 2015, Scott assumed a different vice chancellor role supporting the Chancellor and Provost in their strategic priorities with particular focus on how those efforts intersect with UC Berkeley's Board of Visitors, a small body of key external volunteers.
On February 11th, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude Steele announced that Vice Chancellor Biddy would be taking on management responsibilities for much of the administration and finance portfolio on an interim basis.