Black Affinity Achievement Award
Established in 2004, the Black Affinity Achievement Award is presented to an outstanding community member or an alumnus/alumna who has shown distinguished achievement in their given field, as well as support to the College community around issues of diversity.
The 2016 Black Affinity Achievement Award Winner
Dr. Rudolph "Rudy" Crew '72 H'96
(L-R) Shatiek Gatlin '16, President Kerry Healey, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Sadie Burton-Goss, Honoree Dr. Rudy Crew '72 H'96, and SVP for Advancement Edward Chiu
Rudy Crew is President of Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY. A lifelong educator and author, Dr. Crew’s career has spanned from the classroom to the chancellorship of the nation's largest school district, New York City Public Schools. In 2012, Dr. Crew was selected to serve as Oregon’s first Chief Education Officer. Dr. Crew is a renowned leader and reformer who has made it a mission to improve student achievement, especially for poor and minority students.
The Chancellor’s District, The Parent Academy and the School Improvement Zone are among Dr. Crew’s innovations that are considered national models for reform. These successful strategies have engaged parents, business and political leaders, and the community, ensuring students achieve higher levels of success and are prepared for the global challenges ahead.
Dr. Crew has served on numerous boards, including the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Communities in Schools, Al Shanker Institute, and the Public Education Network. He is the recipient of many awards, including the NAACP Educational Leadership Award, the Arthur Ashe Leadership Award, and the AASA National Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Crew’s acclaimed book, Only Connect: The Way to Save Our Schools, continues to guide a vital public discussion.
The Black Affinity Acievement Award will be presented during the Annual Black Affinity Conference on February 27, 2016.
Please email Matt Cotty with any questions.