June 10th, 2013 | by NIGEL JAQUISS News | Posted In: Schools, Politics

Rudy Crew Is a Finalist to Lead Medgar Evers College: Updated

lede_rudycrew_3911RUDY CREW - IMAGE: Anna Jaye Goellner

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 week.

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."
Crew is the former superintendent of the New York City and Miami-Dade public school systems.

Updated at 3:35 pm:


Crew says that he did not seek out the opportunity in New York but rather was urged to consider it because of his familiarity with New York's educational system and politics.

"It was something that came to me through colleagues who are trying to turn around a college that is an important part of the Brooklyn community," Crew tells WW.

He visited the campus last week. "It's an incredibly complex and important college," Crew says. "I had a wonderful visit with the students and faculty."

Crew, who for the past two decades has regularly been mentioned when big city school districts are looking for a superintendent, says he's enjoying Oregon and his current job.

"I'm never happy with the pace of change but that's not why I'm looking at this job," he says. "I'm a native [New York] son. Those are my roots."

Crew declined to say when or how he will make a decision should he be offered the New York job. He will meet with Kitzhaber and the OEIB tomorrow.

"I want to talk to the governor and my board before saying anything more," he says.
 
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