Rudolph F. (Rudy) Crew
Chief Education Officer, State of Oregon
Rudolph F. (Rudy) Crew is a nationally acclaimed educator and author. In a career that has spanned from the classroom to the chancellorship of the nation's largest school district, New York City Public Schools, Mr. Crew's guiding principle has been to provide the means by which all students can achieve high standards. He is currently the president of Global Partnership Schools, an education company committed to connecting classrooms with communities and engaging all students in learning. Mr. Crew is also a professor of clinical education at the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education. In addition, he also serves as the interim executive director of the Greater Crenshaw Educational Partnership, a nonprofit founded by the Rossier School of Education, the Tom and Ethel Bradley Foundation and the Los Angeles Urban League.
Prior to joining Global Partnership Schools, Mr. Crew served as superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Under his leadership, Miami-Dade made dramatic strides in increasing student achievement, building strong academic standards and reducing overcrowding. The school district was recognized as a finalist three years in a row for the prestigious Broad Prize for Urban Education.
Prior to his appointment in Miami-Dade, Mr. Crew served as director of district reform initiatives at the Stupski Foundation, a private philanthropic foundation created to support the improvement of public education. He also served as executive director of the Institute for K-12 Leadership, a partnership of the University of Washington in Seattle and WestEd, based in San Francisco. The Institute served educators and their colleagues to close the achievement gap.
As chancellor of New York City Public Schools, Mr. Crew led a number of reforms, including adoption of curriculum standards for all schools, elimination of tenure for principals and the introduction of school-based budgeting. He was instrumental in establishing programs to help poor black and Latino students boost their academic performance.
Mr. Crew is the author of Only Connect: The Way to Save Our Schools, and has received numerous honors, including the 2008 National Superintendent of the Year. He serves on several boards and task forces and is an associate in education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he has been part of the Urban Superintendent Program since 1992.
Rudy received a Doctor of Education degree in educational administration and a Master of Education degree in urban education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in management from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
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