Will start new position on August 1, 2013
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber today announced that the Oregon Education Investment Board has named Dr. Nancy Golden to serve as Chief Education Officer on an interim basis.
"Nancy has been deeply involved from the start in our efforts to improve student outcomes in Oregon," said Governor Kitzhaber. "Her leadership ensures that we don't miss a beat during this transition and that we continue our progress building a world-class education system. We're lucky she's here."
The Chief Education Officer oversees Oregon’s entire system of public education – from early learning through K-12 and college and career training. The position was created as part of a set of sweeping education reforms made during the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions to ensure all Oregon students reach the state’s 40-40-20 goals. For the first time, state and local education funding and governance are aligned to deliver better results for students and more resources for educators. The Chief Education Officer reports to the Oregon Education Investment Board, which is chaired by the Governor.
Dr. Golden brings more than 30 years experience in the education sector. She currently serves as alternate chair of OEIB and recently retired as Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools. She served as Governor Kitzhaber’s Education Policy Advisor in 2011 and previously directed the University of Oregon’s Administrative Licensure Program.
Over the last year, Dr. Golden worked with The Chalkboard Project to lead TeachOregon, an initiative to develop and pilot innovative models of teacher preparation. Ensuring new teachers are coming into Oregon classrooms prepared to meet the needs of all students is essential work, and Dr. Golden will continue to shepherd this important initiative as she transitions into her new role.
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