Oregon's Chief Education Officer, Rudy Crew, signed a three-year, $280,000-per-year contract when he came to Oregon a year ago. Now, he's headed back to New York, where he grew up and served a superintendent of public schools. Crew will become the new president of Medgar Evers College, part of the City University of New York.

Here's the news from his boss, Gov. John Kitzhaber, who issued a statement this afternoon:

"Dr. Crew informed me this afternoon he has accepted the position of President of Medgar Evers College. I expect his formal resignation this week and wish him well on his future endeavors. The Oregon Education Investment Board has made tremendous progress shaping the vision behind Oregon’s 40-40-20 goals to deliver better education results for Oregon students and more resources for our educators. We now have a framework for better accountability at the state and local level to boost high school graduation rates, improve access to quality post-secondary education and training and begin to reinvest in education. Our work will continue. I am pleased that at all levels of the education system – from early learning to K-12 and post-secondary – we have committed leaders in place to deliver on our promise to Oregonians. I expect to have an interim Chief Education Officer appointed by July 15. I will convene the Oregon Education Investment Board in coming days to discuss a process for selecting a replacement."