(Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber announced today that the Oregon Education Investment Board has unanimously selected Dr. Nancy Golden as Oregon's Chief Education Officer. Dr. Golden has served as the interim director since August 1, 2013.
“In her more than 30 years of education experience, Nancy has shown both passion and results in improving student outcomes," said Governor Kitzhaber. "Nancy is absolutely the right person to help ensure we meet our ambitious 40-40-20 goals, and Oregon is lucky to have her."
“I am incredibly honored to accept this charge as Chief Education Officer. I believe deeply in the vision set by the state to transform the education system and reach our 40-40-20 goals,” said Dr. Golden. “I look forward to working with education leaders, agencies and community partners across the state to build a seamless system that better supports students and teachers and addresses many of the barriers our students face on their path to success.”
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.
The appointment process began in September with a charge from Governor Kitzhaber to the OEIB Subcommittee on Personnel Management and Oversight to design a process to select a permanent Chief Education Officer by January of 2014. The Subcommittee was led by its Chair, Julia Brim-Edwards.
“Nancy Golden received uniform high marks from community members and educators across Oregon," said Brim-Edwards. "She is a leader who gets things done who will bring to the position a unique blend of experiences in different education levels, from the university campus to a classroom to the Superintendent’s office. She is a builder, problem solver, strategist and effective implementer. Most importantly, she has a relentless focus on students and a record of respecting and engaging fellow educators and the community.”
Dr. Golden brings more than 30 years experience in the education sector. She recently retired as Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools before serving as the Interim Chief Education Officer. 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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