Dr. Rudolph Crew Appointed as New President of Medgar Evers College

L-R: CUNY Board of Trustees Vice Chair Philip Berry; President-Designate Crew, and Trustee Valerie  Lancaster Beal, Chair of the Medgar Evers College Presidential Search Committee.

L-R: CUNY Board of Trustees Vice Chair Philip Berry; President-Designate Crew, and Trustee Valerie Lancaster Beal, Chair of the Medgar Evers College Presidential Search Committee.

The City University of New York (CUNY) Board of Trustees announced yesterday the appointment of nationally prominent educator Dr. Rudolph F. Crew, and current Oregon
Chief Education Officer, as the new president of Medgar Evers College. CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein made the recommendation at a Board of Trustees meeting, announcing Dr. Crew’s selection as president after a national search that generated over 50 applicants. Dr. Crew’s appointment becomes effective August 1.

“Dr. Rudy Crew brings to Medgar Evers College an exemplary record of academic, administrative and governmental accomplishment, combined with classroom experience and a strong commitment to students,” said Board of Trustees Chairperson Benno Schmidt, Jr. and Chancellor Goldstein in a joint statement. “We are confident that, with his leadership, Medgar Evers College will achieve new levels of excellence for its dedicated students and faculty and strengthen its role with the community. The college was established in 1970 to honor the memory and ideals of the slain civil rights martyr and it is highly appropriate that it will be uplifted by a leader who is deeply committed to academic quality, equal access, and student success.”

“I wish to thank Chancellor Goldstein, Board of Trustees Chair Schmidt, Trustees Valerie Lancaster Beal and Philip Berry, and the search committee for their confidence in me,” said President-Designate Crew.  “I welcome the opportunity to lead Medgar Evers College and embrace the community,  students, faculty, alumni and numerous partners who are invested in this historical institution. I believe in the lives of the students, and will invest my time, love and energy to make sure they get out of it what I have gotten from everyone in New York City over the course of many years.”

The presidency of Medgar Evers College attracted a pool of more than 50 candidates, approximately the same number who applied for The City College presidency two years ago, and is a testimony to the extensive outreach conducted by the University Search Committee which was chaired by Trustee Valerie Lancaster Beal. The Search Committee selected 14 candidates for extensive interviews and approved three finalists to visit the campus. The committee included Trustees, the presidents of the Medgar Evers’ Community Council and the Alumni Association, elected student government leaders, faculty representatives and a president of a CUNY senior college.

Since 2009, Dr. Crew has been a professor in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. He is also president of the K-12 division of Revolution Prep, which seeks to use technology to improve math instruction and graduation rates in urban school districts. As Oregon’s first chief education officer he was charged by Gov. John Kitzhaber with revamping public education, improving Oregon’s high school graduation rate and refashioning public education from kindergarten through college into an integrated system.

Dr. Crew headed the New York City public schools from 1995-2000 — the nation’s largest district, with a million students — where he initiated many reforms, including adoption of curriculum standards for all schools, elimination of tenure for principals, and the introduction of school-based budgeting. As superintendent of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools from 2004-2008, with 356,000 students, he strengthened math instruction, created paths for more English-language learners and students of color and poverty to gain college entry with improved ACT and SAT scores, and started The Parent Academy serving more than 100,000 parents with courses and workshops to help them support their students’ education.

He has served in leadership positions for other diverse school districts, including Boston, Sacramento, several smaller California districts, and Tacoma, Wash. Dr. Crew has led school reform initiatives for a private foundation, headed the University of Washington’s Institute for K-12 Leadership and has been a university professor. Early in his career, he was a teacher and principal in middle and high schools in Massachusetts and California. Dr. Crew was deputy superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the Boston Public Schools from 1985 to 1987. He was superintendent of the Sacramento City Unified School District from 1989 to 1993, and then served as superintendent of the Tacoma, Wash., School District from 1993 to 1995, when he was appointed chancellor of New York City’s public schools.

Dr. Crew received a bachelor’s degree from Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., and a master’s and doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He taught at a career opportunity program in Massachusetts and at an alternative school in Pasadena, Calif., before moving into school and district administration. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the NAACP Educational Leadership Award, the Arthur Ashe Leadership Award, and the National Superintendent of the Year from the American Association of School Administrators in 2008.

About Medgar Evers College

Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Medgar Evers College is a growing school offering both associate and baccalaureate degrees to approximately 7,000 students who overwhelmingly are the first in their family to go to college. A senior college within The City University of New York, Medgar Evers College was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community. With a commitment to students who desire a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, Medgar Evers College seeks to provide high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education.


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