Gov. John Kitzhaber has snagged a big name to carry out his education reforms.
WW has learned Kitzhaber plans to announce that Rudy Crew is his choice for the new position of "chief education officer." The reforms Kitzhaber pushed through the 2011 Legislature included creating the position while eliminating the elected office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Crew, 61, currently a professor of education at the University of Southern California, is a huge name in K-12 circles. He has previously served as the superintendent of schools in New York, Miami, Sacramento and Tacoma. Crew built a reputation as a reformer while serving in New York City as chief of the nation's largest school district from 1996 to 2000. The New York City district serves 1.1 million students, more than twice the number of public school students in Oregon.
Crew was not immediately available for comment. Tim Raphael, Kitzhaber's spokesman, declined comment.
The newly-created Oregon Education Investment Board is scheduled to vote on the appointment of the chief education officer when it meets May 31.