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Medgar Evers College President Rudolph Crew Has Left His Post After Facing Widespread Criticism

Crew, who has faced high levels of criticism over his governance of the school, will be replaced by Dr. Denise Maybank as interim president
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Medgar Evers College.

Medgar Evers College President Rudolph Crew announced Monday he would be leaving the college's Office of President effective last Sunday. 

Crew, who was president of the majority Black CUNY college in Crown Heights for eight years, is set to be replaced by Dr. Denise B. Maybank, who will be serving as interim president, along with her current position of interim vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management. 

Crew will be moving to a different position as senior fellow at the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance. The organization's goal is to "work with government and non-government organizations to improve systems to produce better results," according to the website.

In a letter directed to the Medgar Evers College community, Crew thanked the community for working with him during his tenure as college president.

"Ours is a mission of social justice, and of making it possible for all members of our community to attain their dreams, and to live well-rounded, prosperous lives," Crew said in the letter. "Education is the foundation, and its attainment is the means to those ends."

Crew had been the subject of protests over the summer due to allegations of a budgetary deficit, declining enrollment and bullying by him and his administration. In July 2020, Medgar Evers' wife, Myrlie Evers, penned a letter in opposition to Crew's reappointment as president of Medgar Evers College, saying the college's downward spiral under his leadership had been a cause of embarrassment and deep concern.

BK Reader reached out to Medgar Evers College for comment, but did not receive a response at the time of publication. This story will be updated as comment comes in.