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Michael M. Crow is an academic leader and educator, designer of

knowledge enterprises, and science and technology policy scholar.

Crow has been the 16th president of Arizona State University since July

2002. He is guiding the transformation of ASU into one of the nation’s leading

public metropolitan research universities, an institution that combines the

highest levels of academic excellence, inclusiveness to a broad demographic and

maximum societal impact — a model he terms the “New American University.”

Under his direction the university pursues teaching, research and

creative excellence focused on the major challenges of our time, as well as

those central to the quality of life, sustainable development and economic

competitiveness of Arizona and the nation. He has committed the university to

sustainability, social embeddedness and global engagement, and championed

initiatives leading to record levels of diversity in the student body.

Under his leadership, ASU has established more than a dozen new

transdisciplinary schools and large-scale research initiatives such as the

Biodesign Institute; Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS) incorporating

the School of Sustainability (SOS); Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College; and

important initiatives in the humanities and social sciences. During his tenure,

the university has quadrupled research expenditures and completed an

unprecedented infrastructure expansion.

Crow was previously executive vice provost of Columbia University, where

he also was professor of science and technology policy in the School of

International and Public Affairs. As chief strategist of Columbia’s research

enterprise, he led technology and innovation transfer operations, establishing

Columbia Innovation Enterprises (renamed Science and Technology Ventures),

as well as advancing interdisciplinary program development. He played

the lead role in the creation of and served as the founding director for the

Earth Institute at Columbia University. In 1998, Crow founded the Center

for Science, Policy, and Outcomes (CSPO), dedicated to linking science and

technology to optimal social, economic and environmental outcomes. In 2003,

CSPO was re-established at ASU and is now based in both Phoenix and

Washington, D.C.

Crow is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement

of Science (AAAS) and National Academy of Public Administration, as well

as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and U.S. Department of

Commerce National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

He is the co-author of “Designing the New American University,” published

in February 2015 by Johns Hopkins University Press. He has authored and

co-authored books and articles analyzing knowledge enterprises, science and

technology policy, and the design of higher education institutions and systems.

Crow received his PhD in public administration (science and technology

policy) from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse

University. Born in 1955 in San Diego, Crow is the son of a U.S. Navy sailor.

He is married to Dr. Sybil Francis and is the father of three children.

Michael M. Crow

University President

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