New Oregon education chief to speak at educator Executive Summit

Release Date: 
7/25/2012

Dr. Rudy Crew, Oregon’s newly-appointed Chief Education Officer, will speak to school district administrators and board members in his first visit to the dry side of the state during the 4th annual Eastern Oregon Executive Summit at the InterMountain Education Service District on Monday, July 30.

Nearly 30 administrators from school districts all over eastern Oregon are registered to attend the event, which brings them together with board members and other district office staff to hear about state education issues and how they relate to eastern Oregon school districts.

“I am very pleased Dr. Rudy Crew will be our keynote speaker at the Eastern Oregon Executive Summit,” said Dr. Mark Mulvihill, superintendent of the IMESD and member of the Oregon Education Investment Board, which will work with Crew in Salem to implement legislative education goals. “Through my interactions with him at OEIB, I have been continually impressed with Dr. Crew’s steadfast commitment to kids. Dr. Crew jumped at the chance to come to eastern Oregon and is looking forward to meeting with our regional educational leaders.”

Crew is one of 10 speakers over the two-day Summit at the IMESD. Other speakers will include Craig Hawkins of the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators – who will talk about legislative issues – as well as Whitney Grubbs, Crew’s chief of staff at the Governor’s Office, who will speak about the newly-created Achievement Compacts. Attendees will also hear from representatives from the Oregon Department of Education, Oregon School Activities Association, and the IMESD regarding a variety of education issues affecting eastern Oregon schools.

“I anticipate a full day of interactive networking as we begin preparation for the 2012-13 school year,” Mulvihill said.

Crew’s position was created by legislation passed in 2011 as part of a package of education reforms meant to align the state's public education system – from pre-kindergarten through college – to support students more effectively and invest in better learning outcomes. He and Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, Rob Saxton, are responsible for ensuring that by 2025, all Oregon students will graduate from high school, 40 percent will get at least two years of post-secondary education or training and another 40 percent will earn a bachelor’s degree or higher. For the first time in Oregon, funding and governance is aligned for the entire continuum of public education, from pre-K to college and careers.

Click here for a full Eastern Oregon Executive Summit agenda


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