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Dr. Rudolph F. “Rudy” Crew was appointed President of Medgar Evers College by the CUNY Board of Trustees on June 24, 2013 and assumed leadership of the College on August 1, 2013. Dr. Crew’s 30-year career has spanned from the classroom to chief state school officer.
Dr. Crew is a renowned leader and reformer who has made it his mission to improve student achievement, especially for poor and minority students. Dr. Crew is also the architect of the Medgar Evers College Pipeline, an intentionally designed system by which students from Central Brooklyn are guided through a strong K-12 experience, transitioned into college, and then provided high-quality opportunities to on-board into the professional world. He has always worked closely with all stakeholders to expand opportunities for students. As Chancellor of the nation’s largest school district, New York City Public Schools, and then as Superintendent in Miami, Dr. Crew placed those cities’ lowest-performing schools in virtual districts whose boundaries were defined by student need, not geography. New York’s Chancellor’s District and Miami’s School Improvement Zone both used research-based practices to accelerate the pace of student learning and are considered national models for reform.
In New York City, Dr. Crew developed new strategies, including the adoption of curriculum standards for all schools, the creation of new mechanisms for school governance, the introduction of school-based budgeting, and the implementation of process to screen all students for giftedness using a range of criteria. In Miami, he strengthened math instruction, expanded access to gifted programs, and created paths for more English Language Learners and students of color and poverty to gain college entry with improved ACT and SAT scores. Dr. Crew also started The Parent Academy, which served more than 150,000 parents and families with courses, workshops, and events designed to help them support their children’s education.
Throughout his career, Dr. Crew has served in leadership roles for diverse districts and schools. In addition to New York and Miami, he was an administrator in Boston, Sacramento, and Tacoma. Dr. Crew began his career as a teacher and served as a middle and high school principal in California and Massachusetts.
Dr. Crew has led school reform initiatives for a private foundation, directed the Institute for K-12 Leadership at the University of Washington, and served as a professor in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. As Oregon’s chief education officer, he developed a strategic plan to integrate the PK-12 through university systems. He also served as 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.
Dr. Crew’s critically-acclaimed book, Only Connect: The Way to Save Our Schools, continues to guide a vital public discussion. Dr. Crew is the author of a December, 2016 op-ed in the Amsterdam News about the role of Medgar Evers College and other predominantly black institutions in the current political climate. He has served on many boards, including the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Communities in Schools, and the Al Shanker Institute. He is the recipient of many awards, including the NAACP Educational Leadership Award, the Arthur Ashe Leadership Award, and the 2008 National Superintendent of the Year.
Dr. Crew, who was born in Poughkeepsie, NY, is a graduate of Babson College in Wellesley, MA. He earned his master’s in business and doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.