Governor picks ex-NYC schools chief for Ore. post

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gov. John Kitzhaber plans to name the former chancellor of New York Public Schools to be Oregon’s first chief education officer.

Kitzhaber’s office says the governor will announce his selection of Dr. Rudy Crew on Wednesday. Crew would have expansive power to oversee all facets of education from preschool to college.

The chief education officer would eventually have control over the leaders of the Department of Education, the university system and the community colleges commission.

Crew ran the New York City public school system from 1995 to 2000, and later ran the Miami school system for four years. He’s also worked on a variety of education reform initiatives over a 40-year-career.

The Oregon Education Investment Board is scheduled to vote Thursday on formally hiring Crew.