PORTLAND - Governor Kitzhaber introduced Dr. Rudy Crew as his candidate for Chief Education Officer at a Wednesday morning news conference at Earl Boyles Elementary School. Dr. Crew would be responsible for the transformation of Oregon’s public education system, from early childhood services through K-12 and post-secondary education and training. The Oregon Education Investment Board will vote on hiring Dr. Crew at its board meeting Thursday.

“Dr. Crew is the right leader at the right time for Oregon,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “We’re at a critical moment, and Dr. Crew has the experience, the national reputation for innovation, and the courage for change to deliver better results for students.”

Dr. Crew has made it his life’s work to overhaul and strengthen America’s public education system. His 30-year career -- as an educator, principal and superintendent -- includes serving as Chancellor of New York City Public Schools and Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Since 2009, he has been a professor in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. He also serves as president of the K-12 division of Revolution Prep, which uses technology to improve math instruction and graduation rates in urban school districts. Full bio here.

“Oregon is well-positioned to boost achievement for ALL students,” said Dr. Crew. “But we must not shy away from the difficult work and change necessary to ensure children are ready to learn when they enter kindergarten and many more are graduating from high school and prepared for post-secondary education and training. I can’t wait to get started.”

The Chief Education Officer was created by legislation passed in 2011 as part of a package of education reforms meant to ensure that by 2025, all Oregon students will graduate from high school, 40 percent will get at least two years of post-secondary education or training and another 40 percent will earn a bachelor’s degree or higher. For the first time in Oregon, funding and governance is aligned for the entire continuum of public education, from pre-K to college and careers.

The Oregon Education Investment Board conducted a nationwide search for the position, including public input on key job criteria. If approved by the Board, Dr. Crew would begin a three-year contract on July 1. The position pays $280,000 annually.

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