He will be honored during a community reception at 6 p.m. Friday in the IVC gallery of the Pioneers' Museum, across the street from the main campus.
Nussbaum, 51, grew up in El Centro and is a 1967 graduate of Central Union High School.
He has been the community college system's chancellor since October 1996.
Nussbaum's tenure has featured five of the largest funding increases in the system's history.
He has worked with the system's board and its colleges to develop a systemwide strategic plan for 2005, which includes issues pertaining to college access, funding goals and major improvements to the system.
Other initiatives include a partnership for excellence with the state, reforming the system of governance and a revision of the education code.
Nussbaum previously served as vice chancellor of legal affairs and general counsel for the community college system.
He was a key figure in the development and implementation of Assembly Bill 1725, which addressed the mission of community colleges.
Nussbaum earned his law degree in 1975 from California Western School of Law in San Diego and has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Nussbaum and his wife, Barbara, and their two children reside in Sacramento.