USC Rossier School of Education Professor Rudy Crew, currently on leave, will become president of Medgar Evers College, the Brooklyn-based campus of 7,000 students overseen by The City University of New York.
“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 Benno Schmidt, chair of the college’s board of trustees, and Chancellor Matthew Goldstein in a joint statement.
Crew most recently serves as chief education officer for the state of Oregon. He will assume his new post in August.
“This is the perfect job for me,” Crew said. “It is a college with an interesting history, growing out of the civil rights era. Community members helped to bring it to fruition, and the school has become a place of pride for that area. With almost all the students being first-generation college attendees, there are tremendous opportunities here.”
Crew will spend much of his time with students and faculty, something he acknowledged that he has missed. He served as head of both the New York City schools and the Miami-Dade County Public Schools before joining the USC Rossier faculty in 2009.
“This is the kind of position people think about when they consider having real purpose in their lives,” Crew said.