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DC Prep Announces Leadership Transition

October 25 2013 | Press Release

Press Contact:
Ibby Jeppson | 202.635.4590 x228 | ijeppson@dcprep.org

DC Prep’s Board of Directors announced today that Rick Cruz will be stepping down as CEO of the organization. Emily Lawson, DC Prep’s Founder and current Board Member, will reassume the role of CEO on an interim basis.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I sincerely thank Rick Cruz for his stewardship of DC Prep over the past year,” said Le Roy (Terry) Eakin III, DC Prep’s Board Chair. “Rick championed the DC Prep mission and vision, and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”

As part of the leadership transition, Cruz will remain with DC Prep as a consultant through the end of the year.

“I have great admiration for DC Prep’s achievements in bridging the educational divide and will continue to work for educational equality for all students,” said Cruz.

Lawson served as DC Prep's CEO for its first ten years until Cruz replaced her in 2012. She has remained an active member of the Board of Directors, and will serve as the interim CEO until a new leader is selected in 2014. Given DC Prep's strong track record and talented staff, the Board and senior leadership team are confident that the transition will be smooth, and will build on the tremendous success of DC Prep.

About DC Prep
DC Prep is the highest-performing network of public charter schools in the nation's capital for the second consecutive year. Founded in 2003, DC Prep is celebrating its first decade of bridging the educational divide in Washington by increasing the number of students from underserved communities with the academic preparation and personal character to succeed in competitive high schools and colleges.

DC Prep currently serves 1,200 students in preschool through 8th grade at four campuses in Wards 5 and 7.

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