Golden named Oregon's chief education officer

SALEM, Ore. (AP) A state board has named Nancy Golden as Oregon's chief education officer.

The Education Investment Board unanimously selected the former Springfield superintendent on Friday. Golden has been serving as the interim chief since August.

She replaces Rudy Crew, who resigned after a year on the job to become a university president in New York City. Afterward, he came under fire for spending much of his time traveling outside the state.

The chief education officer oversees Oregon's education system from preschool through college.

Gov. John Kitzhaber, who convinced the Legislature to create the position, says Golden "is absolutely the right person" to help ensure that Oregon meets its education goals.

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