Ore. education chief, Rudy Crew, a finalist to lead NY college

Ore. education chief, Rudy Crew, a finalist to lead NY college
FILE - Gov. John Kitzhaber's pick to be the state's chief education officer, Rudy Crew, speaks during a news conference Wednesday morning, May 30, 2012 at Earl Boyles Elementary School. (Steve Benham/KATU.com file photo)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Chief Education Officer Rudy Crew could be leaving Oregon barely a year after the governor selected him to oversee the state's effort to improve student achievement and streamline the education system from preschool through college.

City University of New York has announced that Crew is one of three finalists for the presidency at Medgar Evers college.

Crew informed Gov. John Kitzhaber last week that he was a candidate for the New York job, Kitzhaber spokesman Tim Raphael said Monday. Kitzhaber asked to brief the Oregon Education Investment Board behind closed doors Tuesday, Raphael said.

"Ultimately the OEIB is Dr. Crew's employer and this is a personnel issue," Raphael said.

Crew is a former chancellor of New York City schools and superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Kitzhaber introduced him as Oregon's first chief education officer on May 30, 2012, calling him "the right leader at the right time for Oregon."

The Legislature created the chief education officer position in 2011 when lawmakers voted to approve Kitzhaber plan to improve coordination among disparate elements of the education system. Crew has control over the leaders of the Department of Education, the university system, the community colleges commission and other state agencies.

Among his first tasks, he was charged with signing achievement compacts with schools, colleges and universities. He took a stand early, telling nearly a third of school districts to rewrite their academic goals because they set the bar too low.

Crew, whose three-year contract began July 1, makes $280,000 a year. He couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

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