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Crew Jumps Ship, Tells CUNY He Will Stay Awhile

OPB | June 24, 2013 4:12 p.m. | Updated: June 25, 2013 9:46 a.m. | Portland

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From left to right: CUNY Board of Trustees Vice Chairperson Philip Alfonso Berry, Dr. Rudolph Crew and Medgar Evers College Presidential Search Committee Chairperson and Trustee Valerie Lancaster Beal. - Photo Courtesy CUNY

From left to right: CUNY Board of Trustees Vice Chairperson Philip Alfonso Berry, Dr. Rudolph Crew and Medgar Evers College Presidential Search Committee Chairperson and Trustee Valerie Lancaster Beal. - Photo Courtesy CUNY

Oregon’s first-ever chief education officer is leaving. After little more than a year on the job, Rudy Crew has accepted the job of president of Medgar Evers College, in NewYork.

After a brief private meeting, the City University of New York’s board of trustees voted unanimously to accept the recommendation of board member Valerie Beal.

“Be it resolved that Rudolf F. Crew be designated president of Medgar Evers College, effective August 1st, 2013.”

Crew was at the meeting in New York – where his selection was greeted with applause.

“I don’t recall the last time someone clapped for me, so you can do it again,” Crew responded.

Crew has been at odds with legislators and some advocates over his efforts to overhaul Oregon education. The governor and lawmakers had recently pared down proposed spending on his strategic initiatives.

Governor John Kitzhaber says he expects to appoint an interim replacement by July 15. The state’s education investment board will find a permanent replacement. 

Press Release From CUNY


The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York today appointed a nationally prominent educator, Dr. Rudolph F. Crew, Oregon’s chief education officer, former New York City schools chancellor and Miami-Dade school superintendent, as president of Medgar Evers College. Chancellor Matthew Goldstein recommended Dr. Crew after a national search.

Dr. Crew has made it his life work to strengthen America’s public education system during a 30-year career that has spanned classroom teaching and leadership of the nation’s largest school districts. Since 2009 he has been a professor in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. He is also president of the K-12 division of Revolution Prep, which seeks to use technology to improve math instruction and graduation rates in urban school districts. As Oregon’s first chief education officer he was charged by Gov. John Kitzhaber with revamping public education, improving Oregon’s high school graduation rate and refashioning public education from kindergarten through college into an integrated system.

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