August 24, 2015
Melissa Navas, 503-378-6496
Chris Pair, 503-559-5938
Chief Education Officer to Retire; Governor Brown Looks to the Future
(Salem, OR) — Governor Kate Brown announced today that Nancy Golden will retire after 42 years of distinguished public service in Oregon education, stepping down from the post of Chief Education Officer she has held since August 2013.
“Nancy has put Oregon on the road to improve educational outcomes for every Oregon student,” Governor Brown said. “She has been tireless in her commitment to equity and closing the opportunity gap, making progress toward the goal of a seamless education system from birth to career. While Nancy’s knowledge and inspiring leadership will be missed, she has created an excellent foundation for us to build upon.”
As Chief Education Officer, Dr. Golden identified barriers impeding student success and led meaningful conversations and action to address them. She led an ongoing process to create a vision and strategies for student success, and was integrally involved in the adoption of the Equity Lens and its application to policy and budget decision-making across state education agencies. Golden worked directly with educators to develop recommendations for a more balanced assessment system that better supports teaching and learning.
This important work will inform Governor Brown’s continuing efforts to ensure every Oregonian has access and opportunity to a high-quality education from birth to career.
Governor Brown is committed to providing children and families with critical supports and wraparound services that promote student success and readiness to learn; expand access to engaging learning opportunities that prepare students for life and career and lead to higher rates of student completion; and ensure more Oregonians have affordable access to - and complete - college. This goes hand-in-hand with Governor Brown’s continued commitment to closing the opportunity gap and focus on addressing the needs of students from traditionally underserved and rural communities.
Lindsey Capps will serve as the acting Chief Education Officer. In this role, Capps will continue to serve as education policy advisor to Governor Brown. Capps previously served as Dr. Golden’s chief of staff.
“Lindsey has been an integral part of developing our education strategy moving forward and will play a key role in implementing investments made in the 2015 session that support excellent teaching and learning and improve high school and college graduation rates,” Governor Brown said. “We are working to deliver an education system that awakens Oregon’s children to the power of their own potential.”