Rudy Crew—the high-profile education czar Gov. John Kitzhaber hired last year to implement Oregon's ambitious education reforms—already has his eye on the exit. 

Kitzhaber hired Crew in 2012 to be the state's first ever chief education officer. Crew's three-year contract pays him $280,000 annually. 

But last week, the City University of New York, which serves 269,000 students, reported that Crew was one of three finalists to lead Medgar Evers College.

Rudolph F. Crew, Oregon’s chief education officer and a former New York

City schools chancellor, is the third nationally prominent educator whom

a CUNY search committee has selected as a finalist for the presidency

of Medgar Evers College. Along with two finalists whose names were

announced last week, he will meet with key stakeholders on campus this


Kitzhaber's spokesman, Tim Rapahel, says the governor is aware that Crew is a candidate for the New York job and issued the following statement:

"Dr. Crew told the governor he is a candidate for the presidency of Medgar Evers College. The governor asked for time to brief the Oregon Education Investment Board tomorrow. Ultimately, the OEIB is Dr. Crew's employer, and this is a personnel issue."

Updated at 3:35 pm: